Thorman Hulse

My Voice

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Thorman Hulse is a La Grande resident and a member of the Union County Democrats/Progressives. This was originally submitted as an On the Fence piece.

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I’m not worried about climate change. I don’t even care if you call it “global warming.” It doesn’t bother me one little bit.

This makes me kind of an unusual Democrat, I suppose. I mean, aren’t all us Dems supposed to hug trees? Don’t our liberal hearts bleed for all those other species the human race has already wiped out (thousands — and counting, as this goes to press)? Aren’t our elitist brains all crammed full of those, you know, crazy scientific beliefs such as the Earth isn’t flat, calculus, evolution…even climate change?

So, I’m not going to waste your time and mine by listing a bunch of inconvenient truths, like the Arctic (and Antarctic) ice is melting, or the temperature of the oceans is rising (causing more — and bigger — hurricanes). Who needs downers like that? If you really want those truths, there are plenty of documentary films and tons of books available.

None of which, of course, should you view or read. They might alert you to the truly horrible fix the entire planet is in. Or, worse, make you realize you might want to do something about it. Because that, says our current administration, would be very wrong.

The Republican Party — as stated by its current head, the President of the United States, evidenced by his abandonment of the Paris Climate Accords — does not believe in climate change.

The Republican Party does, on the other hand, firmly believe in a wide range of policies that hasten climate change (if there were such a horrid thing, that is). Ask any current Cabinet Secretary for details.

If you need a visual of the official Party line, just imagine a very large elephant trying to pretend it’s an ostrich, while sticking its head in the sand.

That wasn’t always true. Not when the Republican Party was Abraham Lincoln’s party. Or Teddy Roosevelt’s. It solved problems, not fled from them. It’s Donald Trump’s party now, though.

Sticking your head in the sand is tough for an elephant. The tusks get in the way. Those big ears are a serious problem. But necessary.

The alternative would be for Republicans to face the reality that a lot of their ideology and funding comes from people who did (and do) bad things to the environment because that made (and makes) them lots of money.

Don’t take my word on this. Call up the CEOs of oil, natural gas or coal companies and ask them which political party they support on a regular basis. But don’t bother calling Exxon; their former head, Rex Tillerson, is Donald Trump’s former Secretary of State.

Further, the Republican Party’s more recent supporters — what political commentators refer to as “Trump’s Base” — seem to truly believe that the science is wrong. That human beings have nothing to do with climate change, or that it isn’t happening at all. As to how they can possibly believe this, you’ll have to ask a Trump supporter.

But don’t get me wrong. I’m not here to pick on anybody,. because I’m not worried about climate change, either.

No lectures about how you better try to stop it. No horror stories about Florida under water by 2050, or arguments demonstrating how famine and pestilence — which always accompany even short-term climate change — will lead to the war(s), probably nuclear, that will finish civilization off before the end of the century, if the other stuff doesn’t do the job first.

The thing is, see, I’m 74 years old, and I very much doubt I’ll make 2050, let alone 2100.

When things finally start getting really, really bad — and they will —I’ll be safely dead.

Those of you who are 15, or 25, or 45, if climate change continues at the current rate (and under this Republican administration it’s far more likely to accelerate), it’s highly unlikely that you’ll live as long as I already have.

But here’s the good news. You’ll know exactly who to thank.

The elephant with its head in the sand.