Gas stations and restaurants will close in the coming days and weeks in response to a President Donald Trump tweet threatening to pull funding for the federal government if they don’t cut down on greenhouse gas emissions.
The tweets have since been deleted, but the issue has come back into play in the political debate over climate change.
It is unclear whether the tweets were a direct response to Trump’s executive order to build the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines.
The executive order said the United States “will not fund, endorse, or otherwise participate in the development of any project that would exacerbate global warming.”
The White House said the tweets do not represent an official White House position and the tweet was not intended to endorse any particular policy.
Some states have already announced their intention to close their gas stations and other businesses by the end of the week, including in New Jersey, Delaware, Maine, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.
Other states, such as Alaska, have announced they will close their stores for the week as well.
Trump has called climate change a hoax, and the president-elect has called the president of the United Kingdom, Theresa May, to ask her to cancel the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Britain.