The Twitter account for Badlands National Park posted and then deleted a series of messages relaying climate change facts Tuesday, the same day that the Trump administration issued a media blackout for the Environmental Protection Agency.
The tweets, screenshots of which are embedded below, drew attention across the social network Tuesday afternoon after President Trump signed executive orders to continue the process of building the Keystone and Dakota Access pipelines. Trump also told automaker executives Tuesday morning that he planned on rolling back “unnecessary” regulations.
The text of the messages came from the National Wildlife Federation’s “Fast Facts About Climate Change” page.
One of the purged tweets from the Badlands account quoted the Organic Act of 1916, which brought the National Park Service into existence. The line quoted by the account read, “and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.” That tweet was published in November and pinned to the top of the account.
The deletions come a few days after the main National Park Service account retweeted messages comparing the size of Trump’s inaugural crowd to that of former President Barack Obama’s 2009 ceremony. The account eventually removed the retweets and issued an apology.
We regret the mistaken RTs from our account yesterday and look forward to continuing to share the beauty and history of our parks with you pic.twitter.com/mctNNvlrmv
— NationalParkService (@NatlParkService) January 21, 2017
On Monday the Golden Gate Park account sent out a report on 2016 being the hottest year on record, and as of Tuesday evening the tweet was still posted:
— Golden Gate NPS (@GoldenGateNPS) January 23, 2017
Last week the Guardian reported that Republicans in Congress had made moves to potentially make it easier to transfer federal land to private ownership. Rep. Ryan Zinke, the nominee for interior secretary, said in his confirmation hearing that he would consider expansion of drilling and mining on federal land while pledging to protect sensitive animal habitats.
Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture sent an internal memo to its research department ordering the suspension of all “public-facing documents.” On Tuesday, the department said “new guidance” has been issued.
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