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Title: PORTUGAL OPTIMISTIC ABOUT POZNAN CONFERENCE

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08LISBON27402008-11-28 15:23:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Lisbon
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SUBJECT: PORTUGAL OPTIMISTIC ABOUT POZNAN CONFERENCE 
 
REF: SECSTATE 119282 
 
Classified By: Gary B. Applegarth, Pol-Econ Officer, Embassy 
Lisbon Reasons 1.4 (b) and (d). 
 
¶1.  (C) Portugal is optimistic about progress at the upcoming 
UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) conference 
in Poznan.  Fausto Brito e Abreu, Advisor to the State 
Secretary of the Environment, cited President-elect Obama's 
recent statements of support for emissions reductions and 
increased investment in clean energies numerous times in 
response to reftel points.  "We understand it will take some 
time for programs to achieve these goals to be enacted, but 
we are hopeful for renewed U.S. leadership."  Brito e Abreu 
granted that expectations must be tempered but said the 
Portuguese have recognized significant evolution in USG 
statements over time and believe U.S. and EU goals are coming 
more into line.  He also agreed that, despite our differences 
in approach, it is important that talks be conducted in such 
a way as to maximize progress toward mutual long-term goals. 
 
¶2.  (C) Brito e Abreu hoped the potential failure of 
developing nations to agree to internationally binding 
commitments would not preclude U.S. commitments.  He further 
hoped the U.S. would follow the Portuguese lead and strive 
for ambitious targets.  (Note:  Brito e Abreu was referring 
to Portugal's goals for power generation via renewable 
energies and biofuels inclusion in the transportation fuel 
supply, both of which are more ambitious than EU targets. 
End note.)  Brito e Abreu argued that U.S. flexibility will 
pay off over time, and as progress is made toward 
President-elect Obama's stated goal of an 80 percent 
reduction in emissions compared to 1990 levels by 2050, 
developing nations' resistance to binding commitments would 
diminish. 
 
3,  (C) Comment:  His assurances of reasonable expectations 
aside, Brito e Abreu is clearly counting on the incoming 
administration's climate change policies to be much more 
aligned to those of the EU, particularly regarding the need 
for key countries' commitments to be of similar legal 
character.  We will likely have to engage in public diplomacy 
to temper unrealistic expectations in Portugal and elsewhere 
regarding the new administration's climate change agenda. 
End comment. 
STEPHENSON