The eternal promise of cheaper gas: can it be done?

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President Jair Bolsonaro (no party) has once again put on the agenda a relatively old debate, but still very present in the pockets of Brazilians: the price of gasoline and fuel. In his week live last Thursday (19), he even claimed that the amount charged for these products is cheap, but it is state taxes that make them more expensive and strain the family budget. So, once again, he challenged the governors to eliminate these taxes and even suggested selling bottles directly from the distributor as a way to keep costs down.

But to what extent is this really true? We know that there is no magic and that high prices – and their constant increases – have all this math and logic behind them, so is it possible to dream of a drop in the prices of these very items? basic?

To answer these questions, the 15 Minutes podcast receives Fernando Jasper, economic writer at Gazeta do Povo, who explains the conditions that made gasoline and gasoline more expensive, which is true in Bolsonaro’s speech and the weight policy of these assertions.


The 15-minute podcast is a space for discussion on important topics, always with analysis and participation from the Gazeta do Povo team of journalists. From Monday to Friday, in a light and dynamic way, with the duration which adapts to the affluence of your day. The presentation is by journalist Márcio Miranda. The program is published on Spotify, Google Podcast, Deezer, and iTunes.

*** Technical sheet: ’15 minutes’, news podcast from Gazeta do Povo # Presentation and script: Durval Ramos; content director: Rodrigo Fernandes; production team: Maria Eduarda Scroccaro editing: Leonardo Bechtloff; distribution strategy: Marcus Ayres.

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