Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, Badlands! ... National Park briefly went rogue and began tweeting facts about science before deleting them Tuesday.
The National Park Service (NPS) was forced to shut down social media activity over a pair of re-tweets deemed "inconsistent" with its mission.
In addition, the Trump administration has already instituted a temporary media blackout at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The EPA’s and NPS' social media accounts fell silent after Friday’s Inauguration Day as Trump's minions seek to eliminate said agencies.
(We made the second half of that last sentence up, but be honest, you don't need #alternativefacts to see the writing on the wall here.)
Fortunately, Badlands National Park proved that The Resistance will outlive Donnie, defying the gag order with a trio of science-based tweets.
Bruce Springsteen would be proud ...
That's a Lot of Carbon!
The park's first tweet about climate science came at 11:40 a.m. local time Tuesday. It said: “The pre-industrial concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere was 280 parts per million (ppm). As of December 2016, 404.93 ppm.”
No, Like, A LOT of Carbon
Just moments later, the account tweeted, “Today, the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is higher than at any time in the last 650,000 years,” with the hashtag “#climate” added for good measure.
On the Flip Side ...
At 12:25 p.m., Badlands National Park's next tweet said: “Flipside of the atmosphere; ocean acidity has increased 30% since the Industrial Revolution. ‘Ocean Acidification’ #climate #carboncycle”
Not-Alternative #Facts Deleted
The messages were short-lived. As of 5:35 p.m., all the tweets posted above were deleted. In response to that action, Democratic National Committee press secretary Adrienne Watson released the following statement: “Vladimir Putin would be proud.”
A National Park Service official released this statement in response to the tweets being "voluntarily" taken down because the account was "compromised," which sounds totally believable and not at all vague.
The POTUS Actually Said This
President Donald J. Trump believes climate change is a hoax perpetrated by China. Not even his two Cabinet nominees that environmentalists are most furious about - ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson and Oklahoma A.G. Scott Pruitt - agree with this nonsense. Then again, Trump also thinks he lost 2016's popular vote because of millions of illegal immigrant votes.
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Badlands National Park's most recent tweet appears here. This one seems less likely to rub the evil people advising Trump the wrong way, but don't think you've heard the last from his pro-environment adversaries.