“Yesterday morning we had a large video conference with Afghanistan to discusses our ongoing efforts to develop a natural gas and power project in the north of Afghanistan, which we almost had to cancel because of lack of power in Washington, D.C.”

— Alex Thier, director of the Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs at the U.S. Agency for International Development. He was speaking July 3 at a Brookings Institution discussion on Afghanistan amid widespread power outages in the U.S. capital due to a violent storm last Friday.

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