A few updates on the Gulf of Mexico oil spill which is now approximately the size of Jamaica:
In addition to the sea turtles previously reported, numerous catfish are now washing ashore near Pass Christian, Mississippi. "On Sunday, the turtles were joined by dead catfish, horseshoe crabs, and birds -- a duck, a pelican and a seagull. The animals don't appear to be coated in oil, but some of the turtles have damaged shells. The dead animals are being bagged and taken to the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies, where scientists are trying to determine what caused their deaths. So far, there are no answers."
As the economic and environmental impact of the spill washes ashore, the appetite for President Obama's offshore drilling plan—which he actively campaigned against—is waning. Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida says he would file legislation prohibiting the Interior Department from moving forward. Even Florida Gov. Charlie Crist is now opposed.
The online progressive advocacy group MoveOn, which was one of President Obama's strongest supporters during the elections, has launched a television ad campaign to challenge the President's campaign pledge reversal on drilling. The first spot aired on CNN and more will follow, watch it AFTER THE JUMP ...