The National Parks service defies Trump’s social media gag order by tweeting climate facts
Zach Cartwright | January 24, 2017

The official Twitter account for the Badlands National Park is raging against the Trump machine by tweeting facts about climate change despite a gag order.

As of this writing, the three tweets sent out by the person managing the @BadlandsNPS account are still up, though it’s likely the park’s social media manager will soon be out of a job, if the Trump administration plans on enforcing an order issued to the National Parks Service shortly after his inauguration to cease all tweeting from government accounts.

"The pre-industrial concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere was 280 parts per million (ppm). As of December 2016, 404.93 ppm."

— Badlands Nat'l Park (@BadlandsNPS) January 24, 2017

Today, the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is higher than at any time in the last 650,000 years. #climate

— Badlands Nat'l Park (@BadlandsNPS) January 24, 2017

Flipside of the atmosphere; ocean acidity has increased 30% since the Industrial Revolution. "Ocean Acidification" #climate #carboncycle

— Badlands Nat'l Park (@BadlandsNPS) January 24, 2017

In response to the rogue tweeting, political observers remarked on the bravery of the @BadlandsNPS social media manager for ignoring the White House’s gag order.

Trump originally ordered the National Parks Service to stop tweeting from all verified accounts following the National Parks Service account’s retweet of photos comparing inauguration crowd sizes for Presidents Obama and Trump, from 2009 and 2017.

Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Montana), whom Trump has nominated to head the U.S. Department of the Interior, will be tasked with overseeing the National Parks Service. While Zinke admitted that climate change isn’t a “hoax,” as President Trump has said in the past, he stopped short of acknowledging that human activity was the leading factor in climate change.

In addition to the gag order levied against the National Parks Service, the Trump administration has also ordered the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Resource Service and the Environmental Protection Agency’s grant program to cease all contact with the press and the public. Prior to his inauguration, Trump’s transition team unsuccessfully attempted to glean the names of Department of Energy employees who were working on climate science, as well as all documents produced by those workers.


Zach Cartwright is an activist and author from Richmond, Virginia. He enjoys writing about politics, government, and the media. Send him an email at

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