Earlier today, Trump signed an executive order to restart construction on the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline oil project.
The Twitter account of Badlands National Park in South Dakota shared a series of tweets this afternoon about the dangers of climate change that appeared to conflict with the environmental policy of the new Trump administration.
Within hours, the tweets were taken down.
Trump, who has used Twitter in the past to discredit climate change science, signed an executive order earlier today that advanced the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, undoing President Obama’s efforts to block construction of both oil projects.
The tweets from the Badlands came just days after the Trump administration ordered the National Park Service to “cease use of government Twitter accounts until further notice,” according to a report from Gizmodo.
The order was issued after the main National Park Service Twitter account retweeted two tweets that displeased the new administration: One on the size of the crowd at Trump’s inauguration and another noting major changes to the White House website.
The next day the Park Service issued an apology, said it was a mistake, and appeared to regain its Twitter privileges.
But today’s tweetstorm from Badlands feels less apologetic. The Badlands Twitter account had only 7,000 followers yesterday, but it jumped to 60,000 today, according to a Twitter spokesperson.
Here’s how Trump has used Twitter to weigh-in on climate change before he was president.
Wow, record setting cold temperatures throughout large parts of the country. Must be global warming, I mean climate change!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 4, 2013
The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2012
Tuesday wasn’t the first time the Badlands Twitter account has shared about climate change on the social media platform.
— Badlands Nat’l Park (@BadlandsNPS) December 17, 2016
— Badlands Nat’l Park (@BadlandsNPS) April 21, 2016
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