SAN FRANCISCO — Badlands National Park in South Dakota is known for rugged scenery, fossil b, bison and for a brief moment at least, a Twitter account that blasted a short stream of tweets about the perils of climate change — before they met their own personal extinction Tuesday afternoon.
The tweets are believed to have been posted by a former park employee who still had access to the social media account, an unnamed official told The Washington Post. “The park was not told to remove the tweets but chose to do so when they realized that their account had been compromised,” the official said, according to the Washington Post.
The Badlands account, @BadlandsNPS, referenced the atmosphere’s current carbon dioxide levels, the highest in 650,000 years, and today’s ocean acidity levels, 30% higher than at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, alongside more typical tweets about park facts and wildlife.
The climate change statements run counter to President Trump‘s remarks over the past few months that climate change is a Chinese hoax and also don’t fit well with his concern that regulations meant to slow climate change were damaging to American business.
“For too long, we’ve been held back by burdensome regulations on our energy industry. President Trump is committed to eliminating harmful and unnecessary policies such as the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the U.S. rule,” a top issue brief on the new president’s White House website read.
— Scott McGrew (@ScottMcGrew) January 25, 2017
Government social media accounts have been the subject of oversight in the administration’s first week, with staff at the Environmental Protect Agency told to halt posts to social media while policies are reviewed. That oversight — while perhaps not surprising — has alarmed Democrats and environmental activists, and put outliers like the Badlands account into sharper focus.
The Interior Department, which runs the National Parks system, has curbed some social media activity. It temporarily shut down its Twitter site after side-by-side photos of the crowds on the National Mall for President Barack Obama’s first inaugural and the smaller crowd for Trump’s swearing-in were tweeted out.
a sense of humor
a literary bent (including quotes from English poet Percy Shelley)