Since taking office last week, President Trump has been ordering the removal of scientific data from government websites (example: Ordering the EPA to remove their website's page on climate change). In response, a handful of people at these government bodies have reportedly been launching unauthorized, rogue Twitter accounts in an effort to preserve the flow of information.
According to Reuters,
Employees at the EPA and the departments of Interior, Agriculture and Health and Human Services have…confirmed seeing notices from the new administration either instructing them to remove web pages or limit how they communicate to the public, including through social media.
The restrictions have reinforced concerns that Trump, a climate change skeptic, is out to squelch federally backed research showing that emissions from fossil fuel combustion and other human activities are contributing to global warming.
Employees from more than a dozen U.S. government agencies have [thus] established a network of unofficial "rogue" Twitter feeds in defiance of what they see as attempts by President Donald Trump to muzzle federal climate change research and other science.
The problem is that we have to take these accounts at face value, as there is no way to verify who's behind each; and the larger agencies like NASA and the EPA have multiple rogue accounts.
In any case, digital advocacy strategist and consultant Alice Stollmeyer, who has dubbed this Twitter resistance movement "#twistance," has compiled an exhaustive list of every agency she could find. We've reformatted it here for you and listed each organization's self-description. (Please note that some of these accounts label themselves "parody" or "not affiliated with" in an effort to skirt prosecution).
Unofficial unaffiliated resistance account by concerned scientists for humanity.
He can take our official Twitter but he'll never take our FREEDOM. UNOFFICIALLY resisting at the @EPA.
The Unofficial "Resistance" team of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Not taxpayer subsidised! Environmental conditions may vary from alternative facts.
Stuff EPA Would Say @EPAWouldSay
We post info that Donald Trump censors. We report what the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would say. Chime in w/ #StuffEPAWouldSay
U.S. EPA - Ungagged @ungaggedEPA
Ungagged news, links, tips, and conversation that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is unable to tell you. Not directly affiliated with @EPA.
We are a #Resist sect of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
The unofficial "Resistance" team of NASA. Not an official NASA account. Not managed by gov't employees. Come for the facts, stay for the snark.
The unofficial #resist team of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
Unofficial group of science advocates. Stand up for science, rights, equality, social justice, & ultimately, for the health of humanity. Parody Account.
Research on our climate, oceans, and marine resources should be subject to peer [not political] review. *Not an official NOAA account*
The Unofficial "Resistance" team of the NOAA. Account not tax payer subsidized. We study the oceans, and the atmosphere to understand our planet. #MASA
USARC's main duties are to develop an integrated national Arctic research policy and to assist in establishing an Arctic research plan to implement it.
Raising awareness of climate change and other threats posed by science denial. Not affiliated with the US gov or the Board of Geographic Names. #Resist
Resisting the censorship of facts and science. Truth wins in the end.
The Alt U.S. Fish Wildlife Service (AltUSFWSRefuge) is dedicated to the conservation, protection and enhancement of fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats
The Alt U.S. Fish Wildlife Service (AltUSFWS) is dedicated to the conservation, protection and enhancement of fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats
The unofficial, and unsanctioned, "Resistance" team of the U.S. Forest Service. Not an official Forest Service account, and not publicly funded!
The Unofficial Resistance team of U.S. National Weather Service. Not taxpayer subsidized! Come for non-partisan science-based weather, water, and climate info.
You'll never shut us down, Drumpf!
Alt-Badlands NPS @AltBadlandsNPS
Bigly fake #badlandsnationalpark. 'Sad!' - Donald J Trump. #badlands #climate #science #datarefuge #resist #resistance
BadHombreLands NPS @BadHombreNPS
Unofficial feed of Badlands NP. Protecting rugged scenery, fossil beds, 244,000 acres of mixed-grass prairie & wildlife from two-bit cheetoh-hued despots.
Shmofficial fake feed of South Dakota's Badlands National Park (Great Again™ Edition) Account not run by park employees, current or former, so leave them alone.
The unofficial Twitter site for Glacier National Park of Science Fact.
The alternative Twitter site for Glacier National Park.
AltHot Springs NP @HotSpringsNPS
The Resistance Account of America's First Resort and Preserve. Account Run By Friends of HSNP.
Alt Hi Volcanoes NP @AltVolcanoes_NP
The Unofficial "Resistance" team of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Not taxpayer funded.
The Unofficial "Resistance" team. Within peaceful mountain forests you will find hissing fumaroles and boiling mud pots and people ready to fight for science.
Official #Resistance Team - We are the voice of the #Mountain! Supporting @NotAltWorld. Not taxpayer subsidized! Run by Non-Govt Parties.
Unofficial resistance team of the Olympic National Park. protecting what's important and fighting fascism with science.
The Unofficial "Resistance" team of U.S. National Park Service. Not taxpayer subsidised! Come for rugged scenery, fossil beds, 89 million acres of landscape
Unofficial account that is being held for people associated with RMNP. DM if you might be interested in it.
The Unofficial team of U.S. National Park Service. Not taxpayer subsidised! Come for rugged scenery, fossil beds, 89 million acres of landscape
We post the information Donald Trump censors #FindYourPark #NPS100
We are a group of employees and scientists in Yellowstone national park. We are here to continue providing the public with important information
Unofficial Resistance Team. Not officially associated with Yosemite National Park or the National Park Service in any way.
Unofficial and unaffiliated resistance account by concerned scientists for humanity. Parody.
The Alt NPS and EPA @altNPSandEPA
Real news regarding the NPS, EPA, climate science and environmentalism
Angry National Park @AngryNatlPark
Preserving the ecological and historical integrity of National Parks while also making them available and accessible for public use and enjoyment dammit all.
March for Science @ScienceMarchDC
Planning a March for Science. Date TBD. We'll let you know when official merchandise is out to cover march costs.
We're the third wheel of forecast offices. We still use WSR-57. Winner of Biggest Polygon at the county fair. Not an actual NWS office…but we should be.
U.S. Science Service @NatlSciService
Uncensored & unofficial tweets re: the science happening at the @EPA, @USDA, @NatlParkService, @NASA, @NOAA etc.
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My favorite - @roguepotusstaff
Thank you for this list!
Statist or corporate science is not science at all...
@AlternativeNWS seems to have disappeared. Any idea where they went?
@Alt Yosemite NPS is not a working link... @AltYosemite is working. Hope this is not just the beginnings of the Administration's hunt for dissent, though it is hard to imagine them not trying to silence critics with more than their plurality based non mandate. (28% of registered voters elected Trump, and even that was not a majority of those that voted...)
Thanks Robert, fixed!
Thanks for an amazingly useful (and inspiring list). Just a small correction -- looks like Mount Rainier's resistance account is now https://twitter.com/AltMtRainier. Cheers!
Thanks Angela! Fixed.