Green Party nominee Jill Stein talked up her Green New Deal proposal to confront climate change on Tuesday, after visiting flood-ravaged Louisiana on Monday where she blamed the disaster on global warming.
Stein called the disaster in Baton Rouge an "instant replay" of what occurred during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, saying at the National Press Club in Washington that the flooding shows "unequal recovery" for minority communities.
President Obama was in Baton Rouge on Tuesday, where he didn't mention climate change once in his public remarks.
Stein called for a New Deal-era public works plan that confronts climate change and ends racial disparities.
The plan would restart the economy through the development of clean energy technologies, which would transition the nation to a low-carbon economy and begin to roll back the harm caused by greenhouse gases from fossil fuels.
The plan also would make the "wars for oil obsolete," and "therein is how it pays for itself" by spending less on the nation's military arsenal.
The Green New Deal is part of Stein's "Power to the People Plan."
"This plan will end unemployment and poverty, avert climate catastrophe, build a sustainable, just economy, and recognize the dignity and human rights of everyone in our society and our world," she said in a letter to supporters earlier this year. "The power to create this new world is not in our hopes, it's not in our dreams – it's in our hands."
The top initiative under the Power to the People Plan is the Green New Deal, which calls for a rapid transition to 100 percent "clean renewable energy" by 2030, investing in public transit, clean farming practices, and conservation to create millions of jobs.
Former Vice President Al Gore on Monday asked voters who care about climate change not to vote for Stein, or any third-party candidate, or risk losing the election to Republican nominee Donald Trump, which he called a frightening prospect.
Gore told the progressive website Think Progress that he understands that many climate voters are upset with both major-party nominees, but they need to put that aside and vote for Democratic pick Hillary Clinton as the best option to support their goals.
A group of climate change activists occupied the entrance at the headquarters of the Interior Department's offshore energy bureau in New Orleans on Tuesday to protest Obama's visit as an affront to taking action to stop global warming. They underscored that the president's visit comes one day before a major oil and gas lease sale is set to be held at the Superdome.
The activists said Obama needs to stop the offshore drilling lease sales or risk even worse floods in the future as oil and gas production drives up harmful carbon pollution, which many scientists blame for warming the planet and causing more natural disasters.