WHO says the god-king opposes drilling offshore?
The US is going to pump billions into Petrobras, the … erm Brazilian state oil corporate so it can explore the Tupi oilfield off the coast of … ahh, Brazil.
The U.S. is going to lend billions of dollars to Brazil’s state-owned oil company, Petrobras, to finance exploration of the huge offshore discovery in Brazil’s Tupi oil field in the Santos Basin near Rio de Janeiro. Brazil’s planning minister confirmed that White House National Security Adviser James Jones met this month with Brazilian officials to talk about the loan.
The U.S. Export-Import Bank tells us it has issued a “preliminary commitment” letter to Petrobras in the amount of $2 billion and has discussed with Brazil the possibility of increasing that amount. Ex-Im Bank says it has not decided whether the money will come in the form of a direct loan or loan guarantees. Either way, this corporate foreign aid may strike some readers as odd, given that the U.S. Treasury seems desperate for cash and Petrobras is one of the largest corporations in the Americas.
Money press to ramming speed, Brother Bernanke …..
Still, someone in the US looks to be doing well out of it. By a strange, coincidental stroke of luck (no doubt) Obama backer George Soros cleared his position on Petrobras common shares and piled into dividend-paying preferred stock – a couple of days before his boy the President threw billions at the Brazilian state oil company. How’s your luck, eh?