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the president of Petrobras, Joaquim Silva e Luna, will go to the Chamber of Deputies this Tuesday, the 14th, at 9 am, to explain the high price of gasoline, gas and diesel. In addition, the lawmakers will question him about the status of operation of the thermoelectric plants, and other matters related to the company.
Initially, the meeting would be within the scope of the Commission on Mines and Energy, but it was transformed into a General Commission, with the presence of all deputies in plenary.
On Monday, 13, in a post on social network, the president of the House, Arthur Lira (PP-AL), classified fuels as “everything expensive” and said that deputies will questioning the president of the state-owned company about the weight of the company’s prices in the population’s pocket. “Petrobras must be remembered: Brazilians are its shareholders,” he said.
For deputy Danilo Forte (PSDB-CE), who presented the application for the transformation of the meeting into a General Committee, Brazil is currently experiencing a serious water crisis, exactly 20 years after facing a drastic energy rationing. It is worth remembering that the thermal plants, activated due to the lack of water in the reservoirs, are fueled with diesel.
“The crisis triggered by the scarcity of rain in the regions where the hydroelectric reservoirs are located at the beginning of the year is made even worse by the delays in investments in generation and transmission”, he says.
The price of a liter of gasoline already exceeds R$7 in three regions of the country – North, Southeast and South -, according to data from the National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP) for the last week of August.
According to data released by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE) last week, gasoline was the sixth product that rose the most in 2021, up 31.09%. Diesel oil has already registered an increase of 28.02%, and bottled gas rose 23.79%.
(With the Chamber and Estadão Content Agency)