All These News Outlets Falsely Reported That Badlands National Park Defied Trump

  • All These News Outlets Falsely Reported That Badlands National Park Defied Trump

All These News Outlets Falsely Reported That Badlands National Park Defied Trump

The folks at Badlands, a sprawling, harsh landscape full of bison and bighorn sheep in South Dakota, made a decision to share some hard cold facts about climate change on Twitter - Trump's preferred social media platform.

"Today, the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is higher than at any time in the last 650,000 years", it declared in one of at least four tweets.

A third tweet read: "Flipside of the atmosphere; ocean acidity has increased 30% since the Industrial Revolution".

The Daily Beast's Kelly Weill that when she called the Badlands National Park the "main phone line repeatedly failed", while emails bounced back. And any mention of climate change was scrubbed from the White House website minutes after Trump took the oath of office. Within a few hours, however, they were deleted from the Badlands National Park account without explanation.

On Inauguration Day, it retweeted photos showing that Trump's swearing-in crowd was much smaller than the throng that turned out for President Obama in 2009.

Humans are pumping increasing quantities of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, hundreds of scientists conclude in the most recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

There are no tweets on the Badlands account from Thursday until Saturday.

Guess who screencapped the glorious @BadlandsNPS Revolt of 2017 right before the tweets were deleted.

A spokesperson for the National Parks Service told BuzzFeed that the Badlands account had been "compromised", and that the tweets were sent out by a former employee.

"Vladimir Putin would be proud", Adrienne Watson, national press secretary for the Democratic National Committee, said in a statement (which was tweeted, of course).

Although the Park Service apologized for the retweets, calling them "mistaken", the gag orders have spread to other federal agencies as well.

But climate change poses a danger to that beauty.

But Trump claimed the Keystone XL and the Dakota Access pipelines were important because they would create thousands of construction jobs, drawing on the "America First" rhetoric of his inauguration speech.

Trump "is retracting the promise of American freedom to an extent we have not seen from a president since Franklin Roosevelt forced Japanese Americans into internment camps during World War II", Goldstein said.