Carnival sues BP and others over Gulf of Mexico oil spill-related expenses
Scientists surprised, cautious over environment's apparent post-oil spill recovery
The spill caused a dramatic reversal in the abundance of zooplankton — the tiny plants and animals that float in Gulf waters. In contrast, populations of oil-consuming bacteria soared.
Based on environmental conditions before the spill, Graham said, 2010 should have been a very productive year for zooplankton.
"I would say the concentration in the water was at least four times lower than it should have been," he said. [...]Overton noted that troubling issues remain, such as the hundreds of dead dolphins and turtles that have washed ashore this year."
Study: Gulf spill's social costs may linger for years
Mississippi barrier islands still recovering from spill
High gas prices and oily political rhetoric don't mix (CSM Editorial)
"Neither the president nor Congress have much influence over these trends. The best thing to do, then, is for the country's leaders to change America's fuel diet by encouraging less demand for oil through conservation and efficiency, and by supporting investment in nonoil fuels.
President Obama got at this when he said "there's no silver bullet that can bring down gas prices right away."
The harder truth is that high prices are likely to continue. They will actually help speed the coming and necessary transition from oil dependence, because high prices make the status quo so uncomfortable."