Scientists go 'rogue' on Twitter to fight Trump climate change policies

Camille Francis
January 28, 2017

Rogue Twitter feeds voicing employee concerns at more than a dozen USA government agencies have been launched in defiance of what they say are President Donald Trump's attempts to muzzle federal climate change research and other science.

The South Dakota park posted tweets Tuesday that accurately quoted climate science data, including the current record-setting high concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

Other science advocates are stepping up to combat the Trump administration's denial of climate change and fill the void left as the administration takes action to codify its position. Yet now it seems that there are many other Trump-haters who have formed rogue accounts that spout stuff that doesn't tally with Trump's point (s) of view.

The unofficial Twitter accounts, which are allegedly controlled by either active or retired employees of the agencies, have swiftly gained hundreds of thousands to millions of Twitter followers. In its third tweet, the Twitter handle @RogueNASA, says: "We can not allow Mr. Trump to silence the scientific community".

Twitter dealt with the Badlands National Park account hacking by a disgruntled employee. Another employee tweeted that while Trump can take away their Twitter, he can never take their free time, the Sky News says.

Who are the people behind these Twitter accounts? Numerous environmental accounts that have been warned about their tweeting of climate change information have also gone rogue, including Badlands National Park. The alternative accounts for NASA and for the US Department of Health and Human Services have just more than 40,000 and 25,000 followers respectively since they were created in January 2017. President Donald Trump has called climate change a hoax.

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The many many rogue accounts have simply multiplied the problem for both online social media and Trump.

The account has amassed 345,000 followers and includes tweets like: "Science deniers are risky".

A person claiming to be an anonymous National Park Service employee created the Twitter account @AltNatParkService.

But Trump has promised to review and possibly pull out of the agreement despite how executives at ExxonMobil, the largest USA oil and gas company, this week praised the climate deal as a "monumental" achievement.

Other "rebel" doppelgängers mirrored a number of federal science agencies: the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Weather Service, represented by (but not associated with) @altUSDA, @altUSEPA, @rogue_NOAA and @alternativeNWS, respectively. The former official said that while people outside the federal government could be involved in the rogue accounts, employees with whom the official communicated were supporting the feeds.

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