Reservas irresistíveis

Um texto do Washington Post (Bolivia’s Irresistible Reserves; Wealthier Neighbors Need Nation’s Gas for Economic Growth, Monte Reel, Washington Post Foreign Service, 10/2/2008, A18. O texto pode ser lido neste link) comenta a questão do setor de energia na Bolívia.

Apesar da falta de investimentos e dos problemas com os investidores estrangeiros (incluindo o Brasil), o gás da Bolívia desperta interesse.

The reason is simple: They can’t afford not to.

South America’s largest countries — particularly regional powerhouses Brazil and Argentina — are facing energy crunches and need natural gas to fuel economic growth. That has made them dependent on the poorest country on the continent and has helped Morales salvage a sector that critics believed was on the road to ruin. (…)

When existing contracts were rewritten to comply with that standard, some companies — such as Brazil’s Petroleo Brasileiro, or Petrobras — initially balked, suspending their investments in the country. Television images of Bolivian soldiers occupying Petrobras installations outraged many in Brazil who believed it an insolent way to thank the country for investments in its much smaller neighbor. But in December, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva traveled to La Paz and reinstated investments in Bolivia’s energy sector.

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