White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre holds a news briefing as President Joe Biden attends a major climate conference on Friday.
The event is scheduled to begin at 12:15 p.m. ET. Watch the player above.
At the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate, with both rising energy prices and a warming planet on the world, Biden talked about trying to ease the pain of high gas prices by pursuing long-term green policies.
Rejecting the idea of boosting gasoline production, the top UN diplomat rejected traditional diplomatic nuances and denounced the fossil fuel industry in a virtual session that included oil-rich Saudi Arabia, China, Europe and Egypt , which is hosting the next United Nations. Summit on Climate Change. It was the first time Guterres compared the energy industry to tobacco interests, saying they use “the same reprehensible strategy” to delay action that is good for people and the planet.
Biden reiterated his goal of lowering gasoline prices to a record $5 a gallon in the US, while moving away from fossil fuels to limit climate change and the risks it poses.
“I am using every lever available to me to lower prices for the American people,” Biden said. “But the important point is that these actions are part of our transition to a clean and safe and sustainable energy future.”
Biden is also expected to visit Saudi Arabia next month. The White House recently praised the state after OPEC+ announced it would pump more oil to boost global supplies.