Oil Wells That End Well ....?
Bolivia is no energy giant, like Venezuela. Therefore, taking a step like that on May Day is a huge gamble -so much's obvious. Evo has said that the increase in government earnings will compensate for the lack of investment from oil companies. The question then becomes whether this is enough.
Some companies have already said that they would rather invest in Al-Qaeda torn Pakistan than in Bolivia (here). Others may not say anything or grab headlines, but will surely follow the same reasoning. And this where Bolivia's losses begin. So, government earning will compensate for the lack of investment of oil companies, but what happens to all other investment now looking the other way? Sadly, this may be one of the least important considerations for the government: if we talk on political terms, Evo has already won his reward -in the form of the forthcoming Constituent Assembly (here).
It is really a confortable position just bash and trash Goni's privatization and contracts and say that this 'reform' was long overdue. It is really easy saying that the prices we negotiated were too low and that Evo corrected a wrong. It is not difficult falling prey to conspiracy theories where the multinational corporations and the rich are always to blame. On the other hand, it is more difficult to make people understand that there are other ways of renegociating prices and contracts -ways that will not hurt Bolivia's prospects.
But, what the hell, perhaps it is only a matter of marketing a myth.
Bolivia, Bolivien, Evo, Evo Morales