Latin America

Gas pipeline shared with Bolivia could become headache for Brazil

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Bolivian natural gas plant. Photo: Shutterstock

The presence of Evo Morales, Bolivia’s left-wing leader, at Jair Bolsonaro’s inauguration ceremony in January raised more than a few eyebrows. Mr. Morales was the only left-wing head of state in the continent to show up and has since been the only member of the South American “Pink Tide” that Brazil’s far-right president hasn’t actively railed against.

Kirchnerism in Argentina and Nicolás Maduro’s Venezuela have both been on the receiving end of Mr. Bolsonaro’s motormouth, yet his Bolivian counterpart has been spared.

There is a pragmatic reason for this, however, embodied by Gasbol—a mammoth 3,150-kilometer pipeline transporting natural gas from...

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