NewsPolitics

Actions

WATCH: White House hosts daily press briefing on April 22, 2021

White House press briefing
Posted at 12:06 PM, Apr 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-22 14:33:03-04

WASHINGTON, D.C. — White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki hosted the daily press briefing Thursday around 1:45 p.m.

Psaki was joined by Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry and National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy.

The briefing comes after President Joe Biden opened the Leaders Summit on Climate by announcing a new target for the U.S. to cut fossil fuel emissions by between 50% and 52% by 2030.

Biden said the new goal would put the U.S. on path for net-zero emissions by 2050.

He pledged to find innovative solutions to reduce emissions and create more green jobs, though did not offer details on how his administration plans to do that.

RELATED: Biden promises to cut US greenhouse gas emissions by up to 52% by 2030

Biden’s goal is a significant increase from the one set by former President Barack Obama in 2015 when he joined the Paris climate agreement. Back then, Obama pledged to cut emissions from 26% to 20% by 2025.

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga committed to cutting his countries emissions by up to 46% by 2030 Thursday, setting a goal to be carbon neutral by 2050.

Psaki will be joined by Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry and National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy.