Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke brought the leader of a California park to his office last month to reprimand him for climate change-related tweetsthe park had sent via Twitter, two sources close to the situation said.
Zinke did not take any formal disciplinary action against David Smith, superintendent of Joshua Tree National Park. And the tweets at issue weren’t deleted, because they didn’t violate National Park Service or Interior Department policies.
But Zinke made it clear to Smith that the Trump administration doesn’t want national parks to put out official communications on climate change.
And by bringing Smith from California to Washington, D.C., to deliver the tongue-lashing, he also sent a message to the park service at large.
One source said Smith “got a trip to the woodshed” and described his one-on-one meeting with Zinke as “highly unusual.”
Another source said Zinke expressed concern with the…
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