Earlier today, the Twitter feed for the Badlands National Park sent out three tweets stating basic facts regarding climate change. The content of the tweets, in and of itself, was nothing new or groundbreaking. However, in the context of President Trump’s orders forbidding federal agencies from making statements regarding climate change, they suddenly become much more interesting.
‘The pre-industrial concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere was 280 parts per million (ppm). As of December 2016, 404.93 ppm
‘Today, the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is higher than at any time in the last 650,000 years. #climate.
‘Flipside of the atmosphere; ocean acidity has increased 30% since the Industrial Revolution. “Ocean Acidification” #climate #carboncycle’
The president has refused to accept the scientific evidence regarding man-made climate change and has appointed officials who share his view. For example, Trump has recently forbidden the Environmental Protection Agency to communicate with the press via social media or press releases. He has also issued a freeze on any new grants issued by the EPA.
It’s also been reported that Trump issued a similar order to the Department of Agriculture. The department did mention that scientific journals were exempt from this ban.
During Tuesday’s press conference, Sean Spicer did not comment on the bans affecting either the EPA or Department of Agriculture. However, he did say that it was natural for new administrations to consider changes in policy.
Trump’s order to these departments is rather chilling giving that both of them are, obviously, closely related to work in dealing with climate change. This is just further evidence that the president is not willing to take this threat seriously.
In light of the Trump administration’s views regarding this topic, the tweets from the Badlands National Park service become much more than simple facts. They become a statement of defiance and serve as a warning to President Trump that not everyone has chosen to embrace his “alternative facts.”
Ultimately, we don’t know what sort of changes Trump will be making to these departments, but, based on his first days in office, we suspect that we won’t be seeing too many more tweets like the ones above.
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