A Thursday morning tweet from the U.S. Forest Service may have just broken the world record for low-key shade.
Currently, #HintsYoureInHell is a top trending hashtag on Twitter as of this writing. The hashtag is filled with both political and non-political references, but one that particularly stuck out was a tweet from the official account for the U.S. Forest Service. The Forest Service’s tweet showed an image of a barren wasteland of tree stumps with text that read “All of the forests are gone #HintsYoureInHell.”
— U.S. Forest Service (@forestservice) April 27, 2017
While Trump’s name wasn’t directly invoked, the timing of the tweet is particularly curious, given that just a day ago, President Trump signed an executive order that would amend the Antiquities Act to review all national monuments designated since 1996. One of the monuments that could be affected is the Ironwood Forest National Monument in Arizona, which former President Bill Clinton officially designated in 2000.
Well-informed readers can easily read between the lines to note that language in the order in reference to “energy independence” and “economic growth” translates to extractive industry having their way with protected land for the sake of job creation. Should any monument be put up for review and overturned, that land would transfer from federal ownership to private ownership, meaning that protected flora and fauna would suddenly be open for extractive practices, like logging and drilling for oil:
Monument designations that result from a lack of public outreach and proper coordination with State, tribal, and local officials and other relevant stakeholders may also create barriers to achieving energy independence, restrict public access to and use of Federal lands, burden State, tribal, and local governments, and otherwise curtail economic growth.
This tweet wouldn’t be the first time a federal agency tweeted out thinly veiled criticism of President Trump. Shortly after his inauguration, the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Parks Service also made their dislike of the new president known, before being silenced by the administration.
Tom Cahill is a writer for the Resistance Report based in the Pacific Northwest. He specializes in coverage of political, economic, and environmental news. You can contact him via email at [email protected], or follow him on Facebook by clicking here.