Badlands National Park vs. President Trump… and Tweet


Author: Steven Shaw
Date: 01.24.17

President Donald Trump is five days into his presidency and has already taken aim at the National Park Service.

During his inauguration on Friday the NPS tweeted a photo comparing the differences in crowd in 2009 when Barack Obama took office and 2016 when President Trump assumed office. 

Shortly thereafter, the Department of Interior ordered all official NPS Twitter accounts suspended in order to assess possible hacking of park service accounts. The National Park Service eventually issued a public apology.

Clearly Badlands National Park in South Dakota is not buying it - the park unleashed today a series of climate change tweets that seem to challenge President Trump’s official positions. Badlands sent these tweets around the world:

“Burning one gallon of gasoline puts nearly 20 lbs of carbon dioxide into our atmosphere. #climate”

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

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

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

As for President Trump’s position on climate change? There is no official position or for that matter reference to climate change on  

As we all know, President Trump also enjoys using Twitter. Here are a few of his tweets that seem explain where his administration stands:

President Trump tweeted: "The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive." (November, 2012)

“This very expensive GLOBAL WARMING bullshit has got to stop. Our planet is freezing, record low temps,and our GW scientists are stuck in ice” (January 2014)

There are many other such examples. At the time of publication of this article, all of the tweets had been removed. 

Trails of interest:

  1. Badlands Castle Trail
  2. Badlands National Park Door Trail
  3. Badlands Fossil Exhibit Trail
  4. Badlands National Park Notch Trail
  5. Badlands Window Trail

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