Badlands National Park appeared to flex its resistance muscles this afternoon on Twitter and for a few hours became the darling of the anti-Trump movement. The national park posted a series of tweets laying out a few facts about climate change, which would be fairly innocuous except that on inauguration day the Trump administration temporarily banned Department of Interior agencies, including the National Park Service, from using their social media accounts. Today, it was reported that the administration has banned Environmental Protection Agency employees from using social media and also has restricted their contact with members of Congress and the general public.

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

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

This is in no way controversial—you can find the same information on NASA’s climate site (for now). But coming on the heels of Trump’s gag on federal agencies—reports also said the Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services also were censored—it was taken as a clear sign of provocation. A few hours later the tweets were deleted, but not before being saved by a few quick screengrabbers.

Trump, of course, has called climate change a “Chinese hoax” to hurt American manufacturing. In contrast to the Obama administration’s White House website, Trump’s does not contain a single reference to climate change or “global warming.”

So far, there has been no official explanation, and calls and emails to the park have not been returned. But shortly after the tweets were removed, a fake Badlands Twitter page appeared (see photo, top), which trolled Trump heavily. It appears to have the same Twitter handle as the park, but the “L” in “lands” is actually an uppercase “I.”

UPDATE: On Wednesday, the National Park Service reported that the tweets were made by an ex-employee who still had access to the Twitter account. The park removed the tweets after they were discovered, NPS said.

Meanwhile, the Alternative National Park Service Twitter feed, run by real NPS employees in their off hours anonymously, has been unrelenting in its resistance to Trump’s unprecedented censorship.

Meanwhile, the real park’s Twitter account jump from 7,000 followers this morning to more than 100,000 by evening.

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