Agency “Undergrounds” Fight Back
January 25, 2017
Since President Donald Trump was sworn into office, harmless tweets about carbon emissions and ocean acidity have been seen as an act of open rebellion. Through now-deleted tweets that delighted thousands of climate activists and other anti-Trump factions, the Badlands National Park’s Twitter account momentarily flouted the new administration’s gag order which prevented government agencies from using social media.
“The pre-industrial concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere was 280 parts per million (ppm). As of December 2016, 404.93 ppm,” the first tweet drily read.
Moments later, a second message from the same account entered the Twittersphere: “Today, the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is higher than at any time in the last 650,000 years.”
And, just like that, a rather mundane government Twitter account carried the banner of the anti-Trump resistance. In total, four tweets about climate change emerged from the Badlands account, collecting tens of thousands of likes and retweets in the process, before the park’s account went dark and the scientific facts were purged from record.