BP Oil Coming to Your Beach, and More News from the Gulf
Is oil from the BP disaster in the Gulf headed your way? According to the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) the spill "might soon extend along thousands of miles of the Atlantic coast and open ocean as early as this summer." Watch this video to see how your local beach might be affected. Closer to the spill epicenter, MoJo reporters Mac McClelland and Julia Whitty continue to blog, snap lots of pictures, and tweet live from the Gulf, while Kate Sheppard keeps tabs on the politics of the spill. Recent updates:
- BP Oil Spill: A Slippery Slope to FEMA Detention Camps?: A government plot to round up citizens by force, "alien hybrids" on the move, and other conspiracy theories inspired by the Gulf tragedy.
- Climate Bill Rebranded as BP Spill Bill?: Looking to use the Gulf oil spill as an impetus to act on climate and energy legislation, the Senate expects next week to start work on a revamped "BP Spill Bill"—one that includes both tougher regulation of the industry and the climate and energy provisions outlined last month by Sens. Kerry and Lieberman.
- The Oil Spill's Wildlife Toll: Which endangered creatures are most at risk of getting oiled?
- Sea Surface Temps, Hurricanes, and Oil: A new NASA map gives an idea of how hurricane season might affect the spill.
For more up-to-the-minute updates on the spill, check out our BP coverage and the Blue Marble blog. You can also follow Mac McClelland, Julia Whitty, Kate Sheppard, The Climate Desk, and the Blue Marble on Twitter.