Defending Truths, Restoring Worlds

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Vol: 16, Issue: 1

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Welling, Bart H.
truth; global warming; bioregionalism; Trump; politics; petrocultures; Critical and Cultural Studies; Literature in English, North America; Nature and Society Relations; Place and Environment
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The "post" in "post-truth" is premature, and also assigns too much importance to Brexit and the victory of Donald Trump in the US. Worst of all, it can foster the impression that people like Brexit voters and Trump supporters are irredeemably exiled in "alternative fact" bubbles beyond the reach of science, rational thought, and common decency. We have to find ways to work productively with these kinds of citizens, instead of merely condemning them, if we want to trigger both a worldwide alternative energy revolution and the revolution in politics and economics that a truly just and sustainable energy transition demands.