Climate tweets deleted as Trump bans agencies from communicating with public

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Badlands National Park has tweeted about climate change before — this time they were taken down.

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Badlands National Park CREDIT: AP Photo/Beth Harpaz
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Badlands National Park CREDIT: AP Photo/Beth Harpaz
Badlands National Park CREDIT: AP Photo/Beth Harpaz

On Tuesday, Badlands National Park took to Twitter to share facts about climate change. Normally, this wouldn’t be news. National parks and the people who maintain them frequently communicate the threat climate change poses to natural resources.

1*0EgRnrMzJUPVROBb24sn9ABut these are not normal times. In its first week, the Trump administration has already instructed employees at multiple government agencies — the Environmental Protection Agency, along with the departments of the Interior and Agriculture — to stop sharing information with the public, including through social media accounts.

The National Park Service Twitter account was briefly suspended last weekend after it retweeted accurate information comparing the size of this year’s inaugural crowd to that of 2009. And any mention of climate change was scrubbed from the White House website minutes after Trump took the oath of office.

Thus, Tuesday’s tweets about carbon emissions and ocean acidification — all facts — garnered significant attention. Within a few hours, however, they were deleted from the Badlands National Park account without explanation.

As Timothy Murphy pointed out at Mother Jones, the Badlands account sharing information about climate change wasn’t noteworthy— they have done so numerous times in the past— but the fact that Tuesday’s burst of tweets were soon deleted certainly is.

Trump routinely dismissed and disputed widely accepted climate science throughout his campaign. That same stance is largely reflected in the people he has nominated to lead government agencies, like the EPAInterior DepartmentState DepartmentEnergy Department, and Agriculture Department. Fearing a possible purge by the Trump administration, scientists are scrambling to download government climate data onto private servers.

Meanwhile, humanity just lived through the hottest year on record — beating out records set in 2015 and 2014 before that — NASA and NOAA, two government agencies that play a key role in communicating climate science to the public, confirmed earlier this month.

Update: An NPS official told Buzzfeed’s Claudia Koerner Tuesday night that the account chose to delete the tweets after it had been “compromised.”

Source: Think Progress. Reproduced with permission.
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7 Comments
  1. solarguy 2 years ago

    This I feel is just the start of Trump’s tyranny. He’s a willing and demented wrecking ball for the FF industry. Bad things are coming our way from these men of greed and power… perhaps even war!

    • MaxG 2 years ago

      Yep, war I see too… and Australia will shout: Heil Trump! with the buff heads we have in power and who are made of the same cloth.

  2. Robert Comerford 2 years ago

    Well, they elected this fossil fool who appears to want to emulate other tyrants in history by suppressing the truth and disseminating ‘alternate truths’ ; also known as lies. :>)

  3. john 2 years ago

    An so it begins 2017, it should be called 1984, because this exactly how it happens.
    Get rid of anyone who tells it how it is.
    Only MY message is able to be sent to the plebs.
    Where does this stupidity end?
    Perhaps in 4 years i doubt it frankly.
    I speak to people here who support this rubbish type of attitude have we honestly lost all balance about being decent citizens?
    Honestly it does worry me
    I do not want to look into my grandchildren’s eyes and tell them i do not care.
    Do you?

    • MaxG 2 years ago

      I fully understand how you’re feeling!
      And then you think and realise that you are talking to a wall…
      … and then you focus on your life and don’t give a sh!t…
      At least this is what I have done, became self-reliant in many ways, and will hopefully live another ten years a very happy life out in the sticks… far far away 🙂

  4. Goldie444 2 years ago

    Perhaps the world needs a TRUMP. As he resets the fossil fuel changes so far back in such a short time, even people who thought the world had plenty of time to do something, they become convinced faster or immediate action is required for the world to just scrape in under 1.5 degrees.
    Even then, a 1000 years of hard remediation work to drive back down CO2 levels will be humanity’s full time job or with failure die over time.

  5. MaxG 2 years ago

    fascism in full swing… and this is only the beginning…

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