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Unusual cold weather strains Argentina’s energy grid

Argentina, S.A.
Photo: Snowfall over Plaza de Mayo, the historical center of Buenos Aires. Argentine Palace of Government (the Pink House) stands there.

July 12, 2007
Argentina faces an UNUSUAL cold winter this year, with temperatures far below zero degrees Celsius in most of its territory, including the first snowfall in the Capital Buenos Aires since 1918. The extreme temperatures, which have often reached �20 degrees Celsius in the southern Patagonia region has forced the government to reduce and even cut electricity and natural gas supplies to businesses. The President refuses to mention the word �crisis�, but lack of energy has led to the interruption of work in almost all Argentinean factories, highly dependant on gas supplies.

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