NASA scientists launch Twitter account to defend 'real facts' against Donald Trump
Jan 27 2017 by Michele Stevens
Donald Trump's gag order on federal science agencies is continuing to spawn a wave of anonymous Twitter accounts, each claiming to speak for a branch of the government.
"Can't wait for President Trump to call us FAKE NEWS", tweeted the alleged rogue account for the National Parks Service, according to NPR.
Borrowing the names of organisations like Nasa and the Environmental Protection Agency they are directly attacking the president.
Twitter accounts - some set up by people claiming to work for United States government agencies - have sprung up to "resist" President Trump on climate science. The sneakily named @BadIandsNPS (that's a capital "i" in the middle) now has just over 500 followers and a single tweet, a day after it garnered nearly 50,000 followers for tweeting a stream of climate change facts intermingled with criticism of Donald Trump.
Two EPA employees told Reuters that the administration has also instructed the agency to remove the climate change page from its website.
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Scientists at the Environmental Protection Agency were the first to do so, launching an account after the body was told to tone down the information it releases to the public about climate change. Former President Obama made combating climate change one of the key pillars of his administration.
The @RogueNASA account displayed an introductory disclaimer describing it as "The unofficial "Resistance" team of Nasa".
The resistance movement gained steam on Tuesday when a series of climate change-related tweets were posted to the official Twitter account of Badlands National Park in South Dakota, administered under the Interior Department, but were soon deleted.
Because the accounts are private, they are beyond the control of Washington. It also says: "If posting facts and news to Twitter from a rogue account is what we have to do for the next four years, count us in". Logistically, Twitter also offers a layer of anonymity, as well as a chance to share an account among multiple disgruntled authors.
On its website the march says the date of the planned event has yet to be determined. "Slashing funding and restricting scientists from communicating their findings (from tax-funded research!) with the public is absurd and can not be allowed to stand as policy".