Why People Are Praising This National Park Twitter Account For Posting About Climate Change

Badlands? More like "badass."

On Tuesday, the Twitter account for Badlands National Park in South Dakota shared several facts about climate change, including the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. This might not seem particularly noteworthy, except for the fact that earlier in the day, President Donald Trump banned federal agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency from updating social media or speaking to reporters.

Twitter praised the defiant posts, dubbing the Badlands "badass." The number of followers on the account skyrocketed and now sits at 161,000.

The tweets didn't last long, however. They were deleted after only a few hours, although several people were still able to share screenshots. A National Park Service official reportedly said the tweets were sent by "a former employee who was not currently authorized to use the park's account."

"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 added.

It's not the first time national parks have been in the news this week for tweeting. Over the weekend, the Trump administration directed the Interior Department to temporarily halt Twitter use after the National Park Service tweeted photos comparing Trump's inauguration size to that of Obama in 2009.

In less than a week, President Trump, who previously tweeted that he believes climate change was a hoax created by the Chinese and more recently claimed "nobody really knows" if it's real, has taken several troubling steps against the spread of information on the subject. Shortly after he was sworn in as president, the official White House Web page on climate change reportedly disappeared. Then on Tuesday, the administration instructed the EPA to remove the climate change page from its own website.

According to Reuters, employees are hurrying to save some of the website's information. "If the website goes dark, years of work we have done on climate change will disappear," a staffer said.

Cover image via  Don Fink / Shutterstock / National Park Service.

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