What the United States is really facing in the November election and in Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination is whether the country will become a post-truth society. President Donald Trump, of course, is a post-truth president, lying relentlessly to evade taxes, coddle polluting industries, and protect racist groups from accountability. On the other hand, Amy Coney Barrett showed that she too is a post-truth nominee and, therefore, a danger to our future.
Most of Barrett’s confirmation hearings were window dressing with a foreordained outcome, wherein the Republican senators will vote nearly unanimously to put a right-wing ideologue on the Supreme Court. Barrett tactically avoided showing her real views on just about every subject. Yet, she revealed her utter disdain for the truth on one crucial issue that will be central to the future: climate change.
This year is on course to be one of the five hottest on record. Climate disasters are devastating the nation and the world: record forest fires on the Pacific coast; forest fires engulfing the Amazon; repeated floods and storms hitting the Atlantic and Gulf states; the precipitous decline in Arctic sea ice; and the accelerating threats to Greenland’s and Antarctica’s ice sheets that could trigger a catastrophic rise in the sea level.