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rick gagnier   June 21st, 2010 7:22 pm ET

please do not play into bp's pr spin.It is the "BP gulf oil spill not "THE gulf spill" They are walking away from responsiblility one step at the time.So who is on the take at cnn. RG.


Shirley   June 21st, 2010 7:46 pm ET

I hope we're going to be able to text money?


TJ Hammack   June 21st, 2010 7:47 pm ET

HELP!!!!!! Get the word out. The 800 # they gave to call to give $$ for the telethon (announced on John King's show just 10 minutes ago) doesn't work! I called and the lady didn't have a clue as to what to put my donation "under". Not Wildlife Federation, not United Way, not ??? Get the right information out there, or get the operators informed. You'll have another disaster on your hands if you don't get this straightened out pronto!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


scott schilling   June 21st, 2010 7:48 pm ET

I want to rake the gulf get the oil before it comes to shore I have an idea but know one will talk to me its simple usinng a proven techinque. I need fishing boats with booms a oil barge a crane fishing net some floats maybe some closed cellulois material to help with the weight of the panels to put on the net also a pill manufacturer if we need time to deploy the panels at sea also to secure the boom being tossed by the ocean tide cheaply an quick by using sand bag spud poles if your inerested give me a shout. scott schilling


william burnes   June 21st, 2010 7:50 pm ET

I have two questions? What is happening to the oil being burnt off the water? Isn't it going into the atmosphere bringing more damage through rain? Second. What happens if another hurricane as strong or stronger than Katrina hits MS, and LA. What kind of damage would the oil cause?


Smith in Oregon   June 21st, 2010 7:51 pm ET

For a Century Louisiana, Texas and the Gulf States have been utterly dependent on toxic, poisonous and carcinogenic crude Oil. It will take decades to wean these States off of its addiction to crude Oil and as the Gulf region dry's up, place a permanent moratorium on all Ocean Oil drilling on America's territory's.

The Northwest went thru a similar addiction to Timber, the Republican led East Coast corporations came and raped the land, clear-cutting the forests in a mere 8 years. And then moving back to the east coast with their greedy mega-profits. They left huge deserts where forests once flourished, and immense fish kills where forests once shaded the rivers and streams. The entire region was economically rocked, entire towns and community's were lost.

Far more jobs were lost in the Timber Moratorium than in the entire Oil industry, but the Northwest survived. The crass and callous Republican lawmakers REFUSED promised federal subsidy's to the States most effected by the logging moratorium. YES, the same Republican lawmakers that are now pretending to care about lost wages and the economy over the deep Ocean drilling moratorium, REFUSED to pay Northwest States that greatly suffered under the Timber Logging moratorium and was promised federal subsidy's by the US Govt. only to be screwed by the Republican lawmakers who refused to give those funds to those needy states. That directly resulted in wholesale gutting of police forces, fire and emergency employees, school and library funding.

YES, the Republican lawmakers REFUSED to help the States directly suffering from the Timber Moratorium resulting in major layoffs in Police, Fire, Paramedics, Schools and Library's across the Northwest, and those same Republican lawmakers are now attempting to 'pretend' they are concerned about the Oil Moratorium on little people's lives.


d   June 21st, 2010 7:52 pm ET

I am writing in regards to the resent issues pertaining to the bp oil leak and the difficulties in trying to stop it. I know they have lots of scientist's and money to come up with a salution but seem to be lollygagging instead of coming up with a better solution. So here is just an idea I had. They should create a hose with a coupling on the end. At the end of the coupling it should spread apart into two sections that can tightly be bolted forming it tightly to the broken pipe. This hose should be pumping close to the break to start releaving preasure so the coupling can be attached to the broken piece. The oil can be constantly pumped into a boat and pumped into other boats to deliver the fuel. Just an idea had to say it cause this ecological damaged needs to be stoped and could have been pervented if oil company's where leashed.


louisiana proud   June 21st, 2010 7:52 pm ET

It's great that you are doing a fund-raiser for the gulf coast, but what about the local and state groups that have been struggling to get attention to this region for decades and will be struggling to meet the needs of their region for years and decades to come?


Cynthia R. Agliano   June 21st, 2010 8:03 pm ET

BP is killing our birds, fish, shellfish, mammals in the Gulf of Mexico ! That means turtles and FLIPPER too! Thus far they claim to have spent 2 billion in cleaning up the Gulf. Our President made a deal with BP to set aside 20 billion dollars for the clean up. 2 billion has been spent thus far, is that 2 billion being deducted from the 20 billion? An itemized list of expenditures should be made public. Obviously 20 billion is not enough! Last year BP had over 40 billion in profits. What did they profit the last 5 years? The oil pouring into the Gulf of Mexico will effect every citizens in our country. Did our government strike this deal, to look as if we are going to strong arm BP into being responsible for the mess that they created? This deal is it to placate Americans while our government officials continue to lobby for the oil industry? Will we feel the impact of this negligence for generations to come? The CEO of BP is getting HIS life back and sailed in the waters off of England. I am not able to sail from Tampa FL to New Orleans LA because of the oil. Remember; " Drill Baby Drill", that equals Kill Baby Kill (our wildlife and natural resources)! SARA PALIN please go back to Alaska and look for Russia from your backyard! Air my post, please contact me along with all my friends, family neighbors, lets not sit idle and wonder. Procedures to handle this type of catastrophe should have been in place, before we allowed deep sea drilling? Right now as we speak oil lobbyist are trying to lift the 6 month ban on deep offshore oil drilling in the Gulf. Lets get organized, lets make a difference! PLEASE, for our future generations! Cynthia Agliano a multi-generational Key West Conch


Sandra Ganey   June 21st, 2010 8:03 pm ET

Make sure you show video of sea turtles burning in oil while boat captains are stopped from helping by Big Polluter. And big oil screams when we ask them to pause for 6 months while we figure this out. Sorry, boys but Hallelujah get used to it, oil is not King any more. The moratorium should be 2 years so we can get it done right. More jobs will be recreated over time, and most importantly, we will be taking care of our oceans blue, the life in the sea, and the people who depend on the sea. NO DEEP-WATER DRILLING LESS SUBSISTY TO CARBON FUELS MORE SUBSIDY FOR ALTERNATIVES. "YES WE CAN" people, remember that? Please contact every rep and senator and mayo and neighbor with this message of hope!


fairhope tom   June 21st, 2010 8:05 pm ET

I live in Fairhope,Al. And my heart is just acheing. I live here for the beach and we take our vacations and stay home. I could make much more money elsewhere but why? I may know why now. If this continues we are going to lose our vacation spot our relaxation spot,our peae of mind spot. BP nor anyone else can repay me those lost times. It is just saaaad!


fairhope tom   June 21st, 2010 8:06 pm ET

I live in Fair hope,Al. And my heart is just aching. I live here for the beach and we take our vacations and stay home. I could make much more money elsewhere but why? I may know why now. If this continues we are going to lose our vacation spot our relaxation spot,our peace of mind spot. BP nor anyone else can repay me those lost times. It is just saaaad!


Teresa Granger   June 21st, 2010 8:13 pm ET

Thank you for the coverage of the Gulf Coast disaster. We have a home in the Florida Panhandle and we are watching our way of life take a nose dive. We appreciate the fact that CNN has been diligent in keeping the news of the BP Oil Spill in the forefront. Keep up the good work!!


buckets   June 21st, 2010 8:16 pm ET

Why should I help these people? Most of them have "all cash" businesses, which means me and most Americans who play by the rules and pay taxes have been subsidizing them for years. On top of this, they blame the federal government for a problem they created through their support for "drill baby drill. This is nuts!


Sonia Howell   June 21st, 2010 8:16 pm ET

Larry, I am so proud of the team tonight. These people need the most help 65 days has past and many are loosing everything. It is such a sad situation. I have hope that this telethon will be a fast net to hold them for a while. I pray for all humans and creatures. I realize how devestating this is. I hope LA doesn't lose that soulful spirit. Thanks to you hopefully, We as American's will pull that net together for the imadiate needs. Thanks To You All.


laura Brun   June 21st, 2010 8:16 pm ET

Dear Mr King,

I have relatives who live and work on the coast of Alabama, and we have certainly been in touch about this oil spill disaster. Why would I. we, or any other American want to donate money to help BP further avoid it's responsibility for this economic ruin. Seriously! are you asking us to donate money to help BP save money!? This has to be a joke. I am one of the millions unemployed, and much as I care about the Gulf, I refuse to foot BP's bill!


Sharon R. Miller   June 21st, 2010 8:20 pm ET

I'm having a difficult time understanding your quest for money...BP created it and BP should pay for it – ALL OF IT – and begin paying today for every person out of work, food, damaged property, EVERYTHING – why are you enabling their behavior, why are you bailing them out.


Gary T Musante   June 21st, 2010 8:23 pm ET

Why a Telethon? Shouldn't BP call and donate 20 Billion bucks and its done? Why should we help pay, send your money to Haiti, they still need the help, or 100 other underfunded causes.


nina1fox   June 21st, 2010 8:24 pm ET

The Gulf of Mexico

There once was a lovely place by the sea
Where all wildlife was bountiful and free……
The water was a beautiful pristine blue
A place where all the young species grew…..
This place was a magnificent biosphere
Until oil companies descended upon there…..
Now there’s no way to describe this place
Its water now filled with oil, all is a waste………
This place is the Gulf of Mexico
A place I once truly loved to go……

My heart breaks with all the death and devastation to this beautiful and once pristine biosphere. And how many more oil wells do we have in the gulf?

My hope ….. this is a “wake-up” call for all!! If we do NOT make changes now, there is really no hope for the future……. We are destroying our planet, our beloved earth……


laura Brun   June 21st, 2010 8:25 pm ET

I can't believe Larry King and CNN are now asking Americans to foot BP's bill to fix the gulf.....in therir live telethon...unbelievable!


charlie   June 21st, 2010 8:30 pm ET

Larry, I am a recently unemployed 47 year old male with supervisory and management skills. Is there anyone out there that is hiring? I will relocate if necessary. Thanks


Pam Furino   June 21st, 2010 8:31 pm ET

I have called the Inglis/Yankeetown Florida are home for many years. This catastrophe will directly affect us in the very near future. Isnt there something the the communities can do in preparation for what is to come?


empea   June 21st, 2010 8:32 pm ET

Hey Larry,

How much of it's revenues on your show is CNN, or you, contributing to the (gulf oil disaster) cause?

empea


lauren easley   June 21st, 2010 8:32 pm ET

i am willing to donate $10 because i am really carring about the envirment


meredith   June 21st, 2010 8:33 pm ET

I am from Florida but now live in Baton Rouge. I worked at Lamar for Katrina and all over the state for Gustuv. The BP oil spill is long-term! Please help the people of the Gulf as well as all the wildlife in all the states that are impacted by this.
Please tell the mayors of towns impacted, to highlight the other tourist activities. We went to Orange Beach , Alabama and went to their fantastic zoo, ate out, and enjoyed ourselves in the pool. yours, Meredith


laura Brun   June 21st, 2010 8:33 pm ET

Yes this is a BP media spin! And can Mr. Anderson Cooper himself please explain why CNN is doing this!?


Ross Anderson   June 21st, 2010 8:34 pm ET

The Nature Conservancy has received donations of 10 million in cash from BP in the last several years. It seems very inappropriate for Mr. King to allow them the opportunity to ask for money know they are in the pocket of BP.


Alberto Valls   June 21st, 2010 8:36 pm ET

We really did hurt the Mother before the greatest nation and a new painful lesson for the world. Yes money is important but NOW we need the science,technology,people and prayers. God bless.


jim white   June 21st, 2010 8:38 pm ET

To Whom it may concern:

My name is Jim white and I have been a mechanical engineer for the past 25 years. I find it very disturbing that BP hasn't been able to stop the leak yet. I was watching some news broadcast the other night and saw some good concepts on stopping the leak. I have a few myself. My question to BP is – why haven't you thought of any of these yet? They have some of the best scientists and engineers in the world working for them, and the best they can do is collect 1/3 of the leak!!! It's not rocket science, nor is it as complicated as designing a whole oil rig with thousands of feet of piping. The only thing they need to do is attach a new pipe to the flange below. I find it very hard to believe that their engineering department can't figure this out. My belief is that they don't want and have no desire in doing this. If you look at it from a business stand point, they have 100,000,000 dollars invested in the platform that burned up. They are also going to have quite a few law suits from the spill. So, they are looking at a major financial loss. I'm sure that once the leak is stopped, it will be quite awhile, if ever, before the EPA allows them, BP, to drill at that site again. So I believe what they are doing is collecting as much oil as they can to soften their financial loss as they have already caused catastrophic and long lasting damage to the environment.

From my understanding, they are collecting as much oil as there storage ship can handle and hold. How would it be possible or desirous then for them to contain anymore of the leak with no further storage capacity on hand. Because of their greed, they continue to destroy the environment while we the people get the short end of the stick in this whole matter.

My next question is to our government. Don't we too have scientists and engineers? Why haven't they done anything about this. Is it because BP has bought their way out with campaign donations? This whole situation wreaks of political corruption and it stinks. We have the solution to solve this but no one will do anything about it. WHY??? Does BP think the American people are stupid??

Regards.
Jim White


Shannon   June 21st, 2010 8:40 pm ET

My heart weeps from the widespread suffering throughout the Gulf. The unique variety of people and wildlife that is found in this area cannot be found anywhere else in our country.

I am going to donate half of what I have in the bank even though I dont feel secure in my own job right now. If something is not done swiftly all of us alive today may not ever see the beauty that the gulf coast offers because it will all be distroyed.


Lila Harris   June 21st, 2010 8:41 pm ET

I am so grateful for this telethon and all that the celebs are doing! I do need to speak up and ask THAT YOU NOT FORGET TO HONOR AND INCLUDE ALL OF THOSE WHO SUFFERED IN ALABAMA AND WESTERN FLORIDA FROM HURRICANE IVAN AND WHO ARE SUFFERING NOW FROM THE OIL SPILL! IT SEEMS THE PRESS AND THE PRESIDENT (IN AT LEAST TWO OF HIS PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESSES) FOCUS ON HOW MUCH PEOPLE FROM LOUISIANA LOST FROM KATRIINA AND RITA! I FEEL SO MUCH FOR ALL OF THE DEVASTATION FROM THESE SAD OCCURANCES, BUT THERE ARE STILL SO MANY PEOPLE REBUILDING IN ALABAMA AND WESTERN FLORIDA FROM HURRICANE IVAN!!! They too are now in trouble, losing peak season income, and facing financial ruin!!! Please don't disregard their suffering during this amazingly generous telethon!!! Thank you!!!!


LT   June 21st, 2010 8:41 pm ET

Thank YOU For having this event. I am from Michigan and have been watching this spill since the explosion had occurred. It makes me really sick that something that could have been prevented happened. I also feel for the folks and the animals down there; they are victims of carelesness and greed.

I keep thinking to myself it could be any of our 5 Great Lakes that this could be happening! Our environment, especially our waters are very important!

During this event, I have donated $50.00 to the Nature Conservency. It feels good to do something that will help.

By the way – Keep up the good work with the coverage. Anderson Cooper especially has been outstanding with keeping the attention on this. I recall watching AC360 one night, a comment made that people may get tired of seeing/hearing about this. I personally feel that given this amount of attention is the best action to take.

To James Carville – keep being in the face and speaking up about this.

Thank you.

LT – Michigan


bob27   June 21st, 2010 8:41 pm ET

I'm sorry but why are you soliciting donations for this disaster!! This is BP's responsibility to fund and FIX this! CNN should be all over our government and BP to cover all the costs and not play on the emotions of the American people to donate money to let BP off the hook.
BP is not doing enough and should not be let off the hook. I'm dialing on now because CNN is playing on the sympathy of the American people and not putting the pressure where it should be.


Merida Hines-Tyler   June 21st, 2010 8:43 pm ET

My heart breaks every day I look at the damage that the entire gulf coast is suffering. The Ala/Florida coast has been my life for 50 years and to so many of my friends, family, shrimpers, shop owners, waterman, a way of life has been being severly impacted. I feel all the emotions; but I most worry what this oil does to the CORAL. Will it ever come back during my lifetime.
I go back home in several weeks to spend time with my mother who is helpess to save her slice of prestine Ala beach, keep tar balls off the white sugar sand. She is unable to sit on her deck and watch for the blue herons, brown pelicans and love the roll of the surf. All because of greed.


Smith in Oregon   June 21st, 2010 8:43 pm ET

As long as Oil Drilling is permitted much less encouraged in America's land and in America's territorial waters, There IS going to be blown-out wells, There is going to be more Oil Gushing Spills and the resulting Ecocide that occurs every-time that occurs.

There are no impossibility's, there is 'this should never have happened' as long as Oil drilling continues in America's territorial waters.

A majority of American's simply do not accept the damages, the enormous costs to American Taxpayers and to America's fragile environment.

There is no such thing as a safe 'Oil Well' pumping hundreds of millions of gallons of toxic, poisonous and carcinogenic fluid. Spills, accidents and ecocide are going to occur. The Only question is to WHEN, not 'IF' the next disaster is going to occur.

Historically, these spills, disasters and gushers are occurring FASTER than the previous disaster has degraded entirely. Meaning, the toxins and poisons are simply multiplying and becoming more concentrated in the water, on the land and in the water table.


gg   June 21st, 2010 8:45 pm ET

what i don,t understand is why the the govenors of the past and present all the stateson the gulf were not prepared for the chance of oil disaster with 300 rigs off there coast. it happened to be bp but it could have been any one of them.some states have to prepare for snow storm , they don,t wait till the snow starts falling


Scott Sheeley   June 21st, 2010 8:46 pm ET

I have been unemployed for 2 years and have run out of unemployment. I left MN last Monday with what little money I had left and came down to New Orleans . I thought I had a job cleaning up oil, after talking with JobOne (state labor force in LA). Much to my chagrin no job yet. JobOne is just collecting the applications and forwarding them toi contractors.

I have found 8 different contractors with no centralized hiring. Then there is the haz mat class. Try finding free training, the local job service does provide it for free but only to LA residents and you also need to provide your own transportation. There are several scams trying to take your money, with the promise of after training of a job. I almost fell for one of them.

I do not understand, they will not extend unemployment benefit's and it is almost impossible to find the right people to get hired. It seems that most of the clean op people will not actually start working for at least 3 weeks, if then. I will be out of money in a week, and no place to stay.

Why can't they load up buses of the unemployed in New Orleans and else where and put them to work. It would be a win/win.

All I want to do is work so I can send some money back home for my kids. I am down here and able. Please help


Cindy   June 21st, 2010 8:49 pm ET

Several years ago my family and I traveled from the Mississippi River to the Florida Keys by boat in the Gulf of Mexico. A pod of dolphins traveled with us for a couple of hours riding the bow waves of our boat in the northern gulf. It was a experience that I will never forget. The gulf will take many years to reco...ver from this tragedy. What an absolute environmental and monetary disater for the living organisms in the gulf and humans impacted by this disater. What are we leaving for our generations to come?See More


Anthony   June 21st, 2010 8:54 pm ET

Good job, Larry king


Robert Harris   June 21st, 2010 8:56 pm ET

If the governors of the gult coast want to continue to drill in the Gulf of Mexico, why are you wanting donations? Plus, fifty percent of gulf coast residence want drilling to continue. So why do you want donations?

BOB HARRIS


bob28   June 21st, 2010 8:57 pm ET

I have to agree with bob27, this is a CNN media event and while hopefully it will do some good, BP needs to pay and pay now!

Has any of the other Oil & Gas companies whose quarterly profits exceed billions of dollars, stepped up and donated some money?

Stop asking the people to pay for corporate mistakes & bail outs...

Why didn't the Oil and Gas companies bail out the auto industry?


Dodie   June 21st, 2010 8:58 pm ET

Larry, I want to thank you for taking the time and energy for this event! You have always been a trooper!

This may be PB's responsibility; however, the destruction to this biosphere is everyone’s problem. The amount of loss and death is just incomprehensible. It makes one wonder, what the heck we are doing to this planet! This will truly be a “black hole” absolutely no life once so ever……..

I am so very saddened to see such devastation, struggle to survive by the wildlife, not understanding what has happened, and death!!!!!

SO MUCH DEATH!!!!!


Sonjia   June 21st, 2010 8:58 pm ET

I am from Panama City, FL .A lifetime of love for the coast ,beaches, people, and marine life.
Although tar balls are just washing ashore, it has already devastated this region. Businesses are closing, Boat captains can no longer fish. I spoke with a business owner today that has been in business for 60 years It's doubtful how much longer he will be in business as he is a seafood distributor. I watched a grown man crying that his business is closing. I cry too. Nothing will ever be the same.

As a result of this catastrophy, we are committed to using only local manufacturers, designers, distribution, and local retailers in the area. To help band together and somehow try to help local businesses survive. Our products reflect the frustration, passion, and committment that our community has, to save our coast.

We are 98blue.

Thank you for what you are doing to help us. May God help us all.
.


Simon Dooley   June 21st, 2010 8:59 pm ET

Thank you so much for supporting the people & wildlife of the Gulf Larry. It is so fantastic to see this level of coverage finally getting out via mass media. Please don't let it end here. Please keep the pressure on...


Jeff Trout   June 21st, 2010 9:00 pm ET

This is a letter I have written to BP, It is one mans story of how this disaster has affected us and how BP has turned their backs on even those of us who have tried to help. PLEASE HELP IF YOU CAN BY GETTING MY STORY OUT.
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BP, PLEASE HELP US
IF NOT, MR PRESIDENT OR SOMEBODY IN POWER PLEASE HELP!!

I survived Chemo over a year ago and that made me start looking at things differently. I decided that I would do something I have always wanted, but lacked the courage to attempt. So in January 2010 I bought a commercial fishing boat named the Wanda P. 46’ fiberglass over wood in construction. It came with an Oyster license but NOT a shrimp license. And if you can find a shrimp license for sale it costs between 8 and $10,000.00 in Texas.
This is the boat my cousin worked on for many years but only as a shrimp boat, so together we set out to Oyster and found out we needed one more deck hand and we found Brandon Lachney from Louisiana. Over the next few weeks, while Oystering the bays in Texas, talking to Brandon, we found out that an out of state commercial shrimp license in Louisiana would cost $660.00. So we all decided at the end of February that when Oyster season ended the last week in May that we would set out to Louisiana to shrimp our first season. This was way before the BP disaster happened and we made plans and prepared to leave Texas waters for Louisiana the last day of Oyster season.
We arrived in Morgan City LA on May 1st and talked with several fishing boat owners. It was then that we found out how concerned they were about the possibility of the oil killing everything. Being from the oil fields most of my life, I felt sure that the leaked would be capped quickly. However after several days, while still rigging the boat to shrimp with second hand equipment we had purchased from my cousin’s shrimping buddies in Texas back in March, we started to worry while watching the coverage of the spill that maybe we should try to put the boat to use containing the spill and saving the shrimp and other marine life that were our, and so many others livelihood. We all have various degrees of experience with related to this disaster. I felt that once we had done our part we could return back to start our dream once more and go shrimping.
My wife, got on the internet and found the PEC classes in Houma, LA that the BP website said was what we all had to attend to get certified to work the spill. We all headed to Mandeville at Premier Safety Management Inc. completed the 6 hr course and got our yellow cards. And went back to help save the wildlife that would be our livelihood, Only to find that there was ANOTHER class we had to take that NO ONE MENTIONED ANYWHERE. Unfortunately, by the time we found out the Louisiana classes were closed and we had to go all the way to Crawfordville, FL the class was only days away and if it was a 15 hour drive.
So, knowing what we had to do we headed off to Florida, even though money was tight, took the course, watched the videos and signed our contracts for the Wanda P to get to work. WE headed back to Morgan city where we proceeded to undo the shrimp rigging that we had started to rig up so the boat would be ready to go to work as we were sure we would be called to action in a matter of days. And we waited. But our money was all but gone so I made a trip home to visit my wife and get a $9000.00 loan from my banker at Citizens State Bank, Snook, TX to rig the Wanda P out fror fighting the spill and to pay Dockside rent and provide food, oil and a new paint and fiberglass job so she’d be up to the task. All this while I call BP every day to find out when we can go out, only to get no answers or answer machines. Finally I drove to Venice and talked to a supervisor at BP. We went to the back porch because all the offices were full and he was very helpful. We talked for 45 minutes and he told me that I needed to go to the claims dept. and BP would put us on the “Beans on The table” program which is 5000.00 per month while waiting to get deployed. *** The supervisors name is Jim O’leary and of all I have met, He is the one who REALLY cares***
This being the best Info so far I set off back to Morgan City and tell my crew. Hope begins to come back and I take them back over the bridge to the claims office to fill out our claims so we can hold on till we get deployed. Next We tell our story to Joe Ladd and he says to bring all our sales tickets from Oystering, which we do. Then he says that if we have our LA shrimp License he will be able to help. Now, we don’t have 660.00 for the license so I call a lifelong friend, David Hood back in Lyons Texas and explain the situation. Feeling sure that we will get the 5000.00 I ask him for 460.00 that I can pay back as soon as I file my claim. He wires me the money on the 16th of June. So I go to Baton Rouge and get the license, go back to Morgan City and pick up my crew and go back to see Joe at the claims office. Joe says “Great!” and he starts the claims process while we sit aginst the wall. The final Irony comes hard. After 35 minutes Joe comes back and says we’ve been denied and there is nothing he can do. Now, we have no place to go no one to turn to.
SOMEONE PLEASE HELP! JOE LADD WITH BP SAYS HE CANNOT
We don’t want something for nothing. In fact with all our combined experience you should have put us to work weeks ago. I regret having to do this but everything I own is on the line now and we need you to find in our favor soon. We have been eating at the soup kitchen Mon – Thurs and If we’re lucky its beans and wieners for the rest of our meals.
PLEASE HELP US!
Jeff Trout Owner & Captain of The Wanda P
P.S. This is my last attempt at justice from your oil company before I have to go Public to anyone who will listen.
PLEASE RESPOND SOON

*** As of today, June 21, 2010 the only thing that has changed is that our boat was boarded in the middle of the night by some Morgan City, out of work, off shore hands who had a bone to pick with Brandon, because while being idle for so long he met up with them, drank too much and a fight ensued over someone’s girlfriend (this is as I understand it). I was attacked with a 2 x 4 and beaten up pretty badly. After being released from the hospital my cousin took me home to recuperate for a few days. Now, Brandon has abandoned the boat at the Morgan City Docks, I don’t know what I will find when I get back, But I can’t be there before Wednesday, June 23 to pursue this or the new legal tangles brought about by too many people being out of work with too much time and anger on their hands. The Two who attacked me were arrested on felony charges but I do not know if they are out on bond or still in jail. ***


Monica   June 21st, 2010 9:00 pm ET

People are making negative comments about CNN raising money for this disaster. Please notice where the money is going. United Way, National Wildflife Federation, and The Nature Conservancy. These non-profit organizations exist to get help immediately, and have probably been working since the beginning. Let's remember these people are around when they are needed. People are suffering now.


CS   June 21st, 2010 9:07 pm ET

I teach Biology and my students and I recently did an activity about phytoplankton and zooplankton. Something for us to think about. Phytoplankton are producers in the Gulf of Mexico food chain which means they produce more energy in the food chain then any other levels of the energy pyramid. Phytoplankton can't swim from the oil and they need sunlight to provide energy for them to stay alive which the oil blocks. Phytoplankton also produce a hugh amount of oxygen that is released into the atmosphere. Zooplankton eat the phytoplankton. I think you get the picture. There will be a lot less food and oxygen for those orgainisms at the upper levels of the food chain – including humans.


Sharyn Lobell   June 21st, 2010 9:12 pm ET

Thank you Larry King, CNN and all those participating and donating to help our Gulf Coast. Louisiana is my birthplace and although I do not live in the immediately affected area, my heart breaks. I cannot imagine losing our Brown Pelican population. Again, thank everyone so very much.


KYM   June 21st, 2010 9:12 pm ET

Please try to mention the HANDS ACROSS THE SANDS.... It is nation wide...I am hosting one on Napili Bay Maui...peasejoin us and show our earth that we care...<2 Mahalo


Eugenia - San Francisco   June 21st, 2010 9:13 pm ET

Dear Parish Presidents, Mayors, and Council Members,

My concern over the possible contamination of the drinking water for the people of the Gulf Coast has grown tremendously over the past couple of weeks. It would only take one major storm for the contaminated water to be distributed in your communities water table. I know that other Water Agencies through out the Gulf region are and have been planning for this scenario. It is important for the people of the Gulf to know that there are Reverse Osmosis units that can be installed under your kitchen sink that will purify any contaminated water. There are Reverse Osmosis Water Treatment Facilities that have been installed but they take hundreds of thousands of dollars and take time to be installed. So the way an individual household can make sure their water is clean is by installing a unit under their sink. There are many companies out there who provide Reverse Osmosis units for household use but many do not work as well as the others. Please believe me that I have no ulterior motive for stating that Kinetico and Water Factory Systems are the best systems available. Both of these companies have proven to be able to remove MTBE, while the other companies just state that the charcoal process can remove MTBE but do not apply the accurate process that truly purifies the water. My husband has worked in the treatment of water for over 10 years and does not work for any of these companies, he just believes they are the best. I just know that the water that we drink is so important, more important than most people realize.

I wish you and your community well.

Eugenia


Jeff   June 21st, 2010 9:13 pm ET

So in the name of helping the people of the Gulf, you have Stars pushing to have their livelihood shut down. Some of those same Stars pushed the drilling that far off the Coast, I am sure they will not man up to their part. We will just blame BP for that. So they push for 100,000 Green jobs, so where do you think those are going to come from. Obama, he has not created one none Government Job, so now he is shutting down the coast. Shouldn’t Obama, the Stars President, already have had 100,000 Green jobs down there now to clean up the mess we all have a hand in! So we bankrupt a Region & Nation.


ckesling   June 21st, 2010 9:17 pm ET

please tell me other countries are stepping up to the plate to help us for a change??!! thank you for having this telethon and i did donate for the animals... every time i see the dawn commercial i think of the animals. keep it up and again thanks !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Chris   June 21st, 2010 9:20 pm ET

I am unemployed, why can't we get the government to allow those of us on unemployment benefits volunteer and to to the gulf and help???????????????????????????????????????????????????
Under current law you cannot be away from your residence NOT looking for work for 3 days or more. I AM SURE we could get a huge pool of unemployed to go down and help.


Rand from spokane   June 21st, 2010 9:20 pm ET

Had the pleasure of traveling to clearwater and tampa fl. last summer for the first time. Never saw such blue water or white sand. Now that I feel a connection to that beautiful body of water it makes me sick to think of whats happening to it..


Amanda   June 21st, 2010 9:21 pm ET

Thanks for hosting this to help the Gulf Coast!!!!


Nancy   June 21st, 2010 9:22 pm ET

How about we all give $10 to one of the 3 foundations helping the Gulf Region...I sure don't have alot but $10 a person in this country can add up to alot of money fast to help out people and wildlife in the USA


Amy   June 21st, 2010 9:24 pm ET

Why don't the celebrities make a large monetary donation prior to getting "air time" to further their own careers? They should put their money where there mouths are!!! They have all commented on their "time" donation. I agree with the caller who asked why has the government taken so long to respond.


bob byford   June 21st, 2010 9:24 pm ET

lBob Byford: it is a quick flash, a heartbeat, a turn of the wind, the blink of an eye, we take for granted. A moment is lost,the fire dies out, the sun sets, the tide rushes from the shore, heart break sets in, tears begin to flow, from a window of memory we reach.Eleven souls now rest in the sea, they ride the crest of the next wave, they lay on the sea bed, they ride on a pelicans wings. You, are their only shout for justice, the sea never judges, it never forgets, it is very unforgiving. This morning the memories flood in, the sea smell is tainted, the beaches are covered by the foul folly that has been committed. I hear Eleven voices calling , remember me, remember my family, and pray for our sea

Pelicans and porpoise play in poison
the people plead to the politicians
the oil oozes onward
daily dieing,
dirty deeds divulged
crude constantly climbing
rushing upward from the sea bed

fishermen flounder finding fools
and silent sand on the sea shore

solutions seemingly secret
the phantom fuel keeps rising
foreign friends with fleets
held helpless at bay

still
the pelicans and porpoise play in poison
the people plead to politicians
fishermen still finding fools
on silent sandy shores

the salt in the sea from
the tears trickled
by sailors no longer sailing the sea
they know

still
the pelicans and porpoise play in poison
the people plead to politicians
fishermen finding fools
on silent sandy shores

plug the damn hole
kick some ass
too late now
to save the marsh grass

the grass that is lost will never come back
dead pelicans will never fly
dead porpoise that will never play
is there a solution or just another lost day
on day 57


kathy cotten   June 21st, 2010 9:25 pm ET

folks can also find out where they can donate their hair and their pet's hair (when they get that summer haircut), to assist in the cleanup. hair is being used to help soak up the surface oil.


Out of Work Grouper Fisherman   June 21st, 2010 9:25 pm ET

I have to say,to the story that was just discussed about the Vietnamese Fishing Villiage. Even though I feel for everyone that this disaster is effecting,I do not see why they can't just report about all of the Fisherman that are out of work and that are effected,instead of having to lable and mention a Vietnamese Fishing Village that is devistated. What about all of the Fisherman that this has been in their family for many of generations and everyone else in this country that it is destroying. I am not against other ethnic groups,but did not see the relevance to this.


Don James-Boston   June 21st, 2010 9:26 pm ET

Hello Larry King....I am very concerned about what this oil leak is doing to our world...I am deeply concerned. I hear many people say whats going on.

Please play and help Marvin Gays song "Whats going on" become a theme for this disaster.

In this song which is many years old well it is even more important now.

Its so sad about the animals and wild life....almost un-bearable to see.
Thank You--Don James


Bill & Lyne Fisher   June 21st, 2010 9:26 pm ET

Hi Larry,

We'll be sending a donation. We're from Ontario, Canada and we really enjoy the gulf coast annually for our holidays. In all honesty, it would be nice to see BP send "one Billion dollars" to each one of these charities as they seem anxious to help and have dealt with disasters and helping people. This would be an honourable gesture on their behalf, wouldn't it?!


Tara   June 21st, 2010 9:26 pm ET

Elementary school teaches children about their state. I remember learning as a child, in the late sixties, in NOLA, about our state bird, the brown pelican, but I never actually saw one in the wild until the 1990's. Can you believe that? I saw them as I was driving my car across Lake Pontchartrain. They have just recently been removed from the endangered species list. Now what will happen. Just one aspect...


Sharon from Destin FL   June 21st, 2010 9:26 pm ET

It is heart wreching to see the photographs of the oil soaked pelicans and the horrific look in their eyes as they try to move yet cannot. Only God knows what they must be thinking.

As a photographer myself, I just dont know that I could photograph those dying animals and then publize them – but everyone should be able see what this mess has done, not only to our hometowns, the already sinking economny, but to these innocent beauties of nature the God has blessed us with.

Let's all do what we can to help the victims of this oily mess!


misty miracco   June 21st, 2010 9:27 pm ET

My name is Misty Miracco, I am the Marketing Director for a local restaurant in Monroe, NC. We are collecting bottles of Dawn Dish Detergent to be sent to the Gulf of Mexico to help with the cleaning of the Wildlife that has been so deeply affected by the oil spill. Our goal is 5,000 bottles by July 12. On July 3, we are hosting a car wash to also help raise money to send. I would love for Larry to mention this on air tonight to help us get the word out. If you need to contact me please do. Thank you all so much for what you are doing at CNN, I was wondering when someone would help and as always it is you guys. Thanks for all your hard work.


Sandra Helbig   June 21st, 2010 9:27 pm ET

Don't the oil companies believe they should put in?

Where are the contributions from Exxon, Chevron, etc.?


Don James-Boston   June 21st, 2010 9:29 pm ET

Whats going on by Marvin Gay....Please play this most important song...We must now listen to his words.
Thank you, Don James-Boston


Devon Cucarese   June 21st, 2010 9:30 pm ET

THANK YOU Larry King for this special. MANY THANKS to Ian Somerhalder for speaking up for the Gulf right from the beginning!!!! Love you Ian!!!


RD   June 21st, 2010 9:31 pm ET

I would like to ask why more is not being said concerning the very real danger of the huge methane gas bubble that is purportedly building under the ocean floor. Numerous geological experts are saying that this vast pocket of methane has the potential of igniting and going off like Mt. St. Helen's under the ocean... and potentially wiping out much of the gulf coast. Millions of lives would be lost. Google the subject and discuss some of these potentially real possibilities. I hope they can be proven wrong. Other information indicates that it may trigger the new Madrid Fault line to shift. Wonderful topics I know, but we may be looking at the tip of the iceberg... rather than just a big "cleanup" project.

Also, the bureaucrats who have been "in charge" of drilling oversight in Gulf should be brought up on charges before BP stands any trial. Don't let them weasel out of this by blaming it all on BP.


lisa   June 21st, 2010 9:31 pm ET

where are all the millionaires, hollywood basketball , baseball stars madonna, oprah and so on. never mind going to africa and other countries (though it's great ) help your own. help the voiceless wildlife there should be millions raised in this country , everyone needs to step up truth is it's the middle classed and below that give the most shame on anyone that has money and doesn't give. in case anyone is wondering i gave a nite of my bartending tips.


Meg   June 21st, 2010 9:32 pm ET

Dear Mr. King:
Thank you so much for caring and having this telephone event to help the Gulf. To those that think negative thoughts, as if this is helping BP........I say to them..it is not BP cleaning and caring for the animals who are drenched in oil. It is the organizations that are listed on your web site, so please give. It is so sad for all the animals. They are not like people that can express their conditions. They are our silent partners who fly over the gulf waters, swim with the oceans currents, and crawl upon our sandy beaches. Please help give and help them live.


Renee Meehan   June 21st, 2010 9:33 pm ET

Thank You! Thank You for helping these poor people. Thank you to every celebrity and every volunteer. Thank You, CNN, for your outstanding coverage and concern for these people and their shores since this began. I live in New Jersey and would not even know what was going on without you guys. God Bless All of You!


Dorian   June 21st, 2010 9:33 pm ET

Thankyou ALL for your time and effort to help agencies help those in need, now! God Bless ya!


Linda A   June 21st, 2010 9:35 pm ET

Come on Hollywood, we're desperate down here.


Emerson   June 21st, 2010 9:36 pm ET

This is Americans being stewards to each other in a time of need. Great job Larry. Some won't agree & some will agree, but that is what makes this a great country. And yes, BP will pay for many many years to come!!


JJ   June 21st, 2010 9:36 pm ET

how much pain are the animals and wildlife enduring before they are slowly strangled to death by oil? Why are not more wildlife experts allowed to get out there and save more fish, animals, reptiles, and other living beings? when is someone going to "take charge" of the cleanup? (something that should have been done 2 months ago). Are there not any other scientists and engineers around the world that would be willing to come help? and why have they not been asked to come and help fix this disgusting, disastrous gusher? Thank you for trying to help–the folks on the gulf are certainly going to to need help for a very long time; long after BP is "sunset" into the oily mess they have created for the rest of humankind.


innerpilot   June 21st, 2010 9:38 pm ET

It seems like such hypocrisy, all these people donating to save the animals on the Gulf. Yet these same people will hunt, torture, slaughter and eat these animals tomorrow. The people on the Gulf have been killing birds, turtles, dolphins and other species for many, many years. What animals that have been harmed by the oil spill is a very small percentage of what the Gulf residents torture and kill every year. If you are truly sincere about caring for the animals, then please stop eating them. Protect them now and all year long, every year. It may be a message that it's time for the Gulf residents to get an education and learn to make a living without killing animals. Get this message to the Gulf residents and you'll be doing the best service to them and the animals.


AllieTheGreat   June 21st, 2010 9:41 pm ET

Two young Canadian sisters (11 & 9 years old) are collecting hair, fur, and nylons to send to US non-profit organization Matter of Trust.

The hair and fur will be made into hair booms which effectively soak up the oil.

While BP has chosen not to use the hair mats and booms offered to them by Matter of Trust, these booms and mats ARE presently being used in many different States along the Gulf. Matter of Trust hair booms can be seen strung out across piers, in marshes and along beaches in Fairhope and Orange Beach Alabama, Grande Isle Louisiana and Fort Myers, Florida (just to name a few). Many marinas and harbours with hazardous waste disposal systems have accepted and are using the booms as well.

As we have all learned from the disastrous Exxon Valdez spill, cleanup after a spill of this magnitude can take as long as 20 years. The work that these young girls are doing is much needed, and will continue to be for many years to come. Beyond this BP disaster, there are more than 2600 oil spills taking place globally each year! So not only with the girls be helping the efforts in the Gulf, but they may also be aiding in future boom making for spills happening in Canadian waters.

These two amazing Agents of Environmental Change are well on their way to achieving their goal of collecting 500 pounds. Rest assured, the girls' 500 pounds of hail has the potential to soak up an amazing 50,000 quarts of BP oil from the Gulf of Mexico – whether BP chooses to use the booms or not!


vicki snyder   June 21st, 2010 9:41 pm ET

COULD YOU HAVE ON TV WHEN YOU GIVE PEOPLE. MONEY AND HELP. WITH THE GOV. AND ALL THE STIMULAS MONEY JUST KINDA OF DISAPPEARING IT WOULD BE NICE TO SEE SOMEONE GETTING HELP ON TV. THANKS VICKI I HAVE LOST MY RETIREMENT AND 2 HOMES, WITHIN THE PAST 2 YEARS...


Stacey   June 21st, 2010 9:42 pm ET

Thanks to all who donated. But, don't forget about all of the oilfield workers who are losing their jobs due to the moretorium; the restaurants who don't have seafood to serve or patrons to eat at their restaurants; the Florida & Alabama Gulf coasts who depend on tourism to make a living; the realtors who can't sell houses because oil industry slow down & job loss... an on & on & on.


David L. Casto   June 21st, 2010 9:42 pm ET

This is a world changing event the day it happened I was calling for immediate action. Now two months later you all want to act like you care.
Well it's too damn late idiots.Climb on board when it's the cool thing to do. To little to late I sincererly hope this planets dies and all of us with it. Stop petroleum use now. Limit it to military use only.
As humans we destroy our planet, and we are all greedy scumbag self serveing piss ants. The extremely weathly are to blame for most of the worlds probems. The Government is to blame as well anyone having anything to do with oil production period. Return all the money big oil has given you to redeem yourself. Fat Cat politicians whose pockets have been lined with blood money from the oil companies should be removed from having any power or position. A revolution is coming. Anyone using this situation for profit should be publicly disgraced, and some put to death or neutered. Your panel of rich jerks is disgracefull as well. Sincerely Foreseen


Sandy   June 21st, 2010 9:44 pm ET

I just wanted to thank Larry King and the celebrities, journalists, and specialists who are manning this telethon.

I was born, bred, raised, and still live in Houma, LA which has been impacted by the oil spill. Some of our bayous have been closed, shrimping season has been closed indefinitely, and our family business is in jeopardy. And though we are all worried about our livelihoods and recreational fishing/trawling, we are more worried about our environment.

The people of this state have spent over half a century trying to save our wetlands from erosion and just when we were making some headway, the spill happens and everything we have fought for may possibly die in a very real way – it's already happening.

I just hope that the people of this country realize that this disaster is not only the Gulf States problem but a national and global one. We are not asking for anything other than help to save our environment, our wildlife and waterways so that we can continue producing the tourism and seafood we have produced for generations.

I can see how some would think CNN is trying to somehow relieve BP; however as someone pointed out, the money is going to a variety of non-profit organizations that will help fund clean up and relief efforts NOW - not the undefined timeline BP seems to be working with. I would never expect anyone to foot BPs bill, and I think that is the general mindset of Gulf Coast peoples across the board.

But if we wait for BP, an already bad situation will become that much worse.

Again, thank you so much CNN for bringing our stories to the national stage. Throughout the last 2 months that this spill has been spewing, I have often felt that our voices (and even the voices of our local and state leaders) have either not been heard or been ignored.

Thank you for allowing us to speak our peace. God Bless.


Jess Westberg   June 21st, 2010 9:44 pm ET

Please Larry, mention that the gulf was already being destroyed by oil through the use of petrochemical fertilizers (which are processed in former chemical weapon plants in Alabama for example) flowing in the Mississippi and causing a dead zone. It's ironic that what we are drilling for in the ocean is being used to destroy it anyways. Also, that oil we were drilling for was just going to end up in our atmosphere creating acid rain and greenhouse gases. Either way we lose, until we get clean energy, people wise up to riding a bike, and living closer to major cities where public transport is accessible so that they are not dependent on cars, and we stop growing corn that thrives on chemicals rather than the sun.


Marty Albright   June 21st, 2010 9:47 pm ET

As a "former" oil and gas geologist, I am appalled by the shortcuts and risk that BP took in shutting down the well (according to reports I've read). If it is as reported, the investigation should hold them responsible to reimburse lost wages and revenues. However, people tend to think that this is simply a pipe you can shut off – it is NOT. The President can't just say 'we'll take it from here..." We have to depend on BP to shut off the well. It's also not a simple matter of 'just gather and block the oil.." No matter who is in "control" – it is a MASSIVE undertaking that CANNOT be contained in three weeks, three months or three years. There is NO EASY fix on this. I grieve for the people impacted (I've donated), but it is what it is now – a nightmare that we all must suffer through. We can only provide short-term income support to those impacted and prepare for long-term recovery. The US government could scream all it wanted to "fix it fast" but there are no fast easy fixes, the oil industry (not the govt) is the only one that MIGHT have the skills to stop it, and there's no one to blame other than BP (if the investigations show the negligence reported in trying to take shortcuts to plug the hole).

God bless the citizen impacted by the disaster.


Lucia Messina   June 21st, 2010 9:48 pm ET

Thanks for doing this show – CNN . It does make a difference.


Don James-Boston   June 21st, 2010 9:49 pm ET

The song by Marvin Gay is Mercy, Mercy Me.....
Thanks....Don James Boston


kelvin b   June 21st, 2010 9:51 pm ET

I don't get it. The richest company in the world has accepted full financial responsibility for the mess in the gulf and you're asking people to send in their piggy banks!

Something appears to be very wrong with thi picture!!!!!


Bob   June 21st, 2010 9:52 pm ET

Larry, I made a contribution a few minutes ago, but I asked a question as to much goes to the recepient and ary the charging any "administrative fees?
I got no answer and the viewers have right to know on this issue.

Earlier on CNN there was a piece about how the lawyers are c oming to the Gulf like a bunch of vultgers. (sp?)

To that end, this is why I have this question.


Lynn   June 21st, 2010 9:55 pm ET

I have been waiting for a show like this, a way to help. Thank you so much. I donated by texting and am so grateful to have a way to help.
I have been asking and asking on various CNN Blogs when there would be a show like this. Thank you Larry, and all of the Stars for giving your time, and giving us a way to help. I pray for the Gulf, the people, the animals. This is one of the saddest catastrophies our country has ever faced, and we must do all we can. God Bless you all for helping us Help!!!
God Bless the Gulf and its people and wildlife.


gary wennerberg   June 21st, 2010 9:55 pm ET

i think it would be really good if the members of the lakers could man the phones; talk to people and get donations for the gulf. everybody loves them, and it's a win win deal. thanks


Sharon   June 21st, 2010 9:56 pm ET

Many people I believe want to donate and feel like they are helping. Sometimes it's easier to donate time rather than donate money. Because I work in a hospital, I liked to ask hospitals to give their nurses, and healthcare workers a chance to donate money thru their time. How many people would work just ONE extra hour of time at their place of employment, then let the employer write the check to the charity?


Rebecca Thoreson   June 21st, 2010 9:57 pm ET

Hey Larry I think it's great what you are doing tonight. perhaps you could talk to my brother, David Thoreson, who has just completed the circumnavigation of the Americas ATA – which speaks to the world about the health of our oceans.


corey donick   June 21st, 2010 9:58 pm ET

can you PLEASE have Larry King and his celebrities challenge all Canadians to donate any amount of money they can as this is such an important issue to take care of. We have donated $200.00 ourselves. thanks, Corey and Jodi from Stony Plain Alberta, Canada.


kenney   June 21st, 2010 9:58 pm ET

i remember some 30 years ago when the rig in mexican waters went belly-up and belched for so long....i remember taking my family to horn for a long weekend....after pitching camp...as was our habit...the wife, i and our six kids took off toward the west end with trash bags in hand to collect flotsam and other human garbage washed ashore for our trip home....i remember as i was walking, barefoot, i felt an odd sticky sensation on the bottom of my feet....i paused, lifted my foot, and saw that "tar balls" from mexico were covering the beach....they had been "hidden" by the tide.....i took my kids back to camp and tried to explain what happened....how could i explain to them that GREED had caused this degradation of their beautiful home.....this stuff is coating the bottoms of the gulf of mexico with a blanket of toxic sludge that will not bio-degrade for many, many years to come...this sludge will destroy the bottom of the food chain thus decimating the remainder of the food chain...it will likely not recover in my children's lifetimes....


Cherie Ann Munster   June 21st, 2010 9:58 pm ET

Many Thanks to all of the deep consideration coming from your friends & staff members. Your help will touch the entire viewing area to educate the true stories of our day by day issues we are dealing with. Ian Somerhalder has done a great job reaching out to my area, we love him & his family....At this time we are dealing with the bugs. Since the Oil Spill, we have a new group of insects! They air is still & thick with such a strong smell, causing Asthma Attacks...We use to take trips to the Gulf to help with Asthma, now we are unable to leave the house. Once again, thank you~~Cherie Ann Munster~~Covington,Louisiana


Tara   June 21st, 2010 10:00 pm ET

Yes we need help now and this $$ raiser is a good thing, but what is taking the government so long in calling out General Honoree'? We can't wait for the relief wells. Wildlife is dying now. People are losing their livelihoods now. Our Southeast Louisiana culture is disappearing now! This is war and we need to go on the offensive. Bring in General Honoree'!!


mc   June 21st, 2010 10:01 pm ET

I pay my taxes and I pay BP several full tanks of gas.

BP is a very profitable business and THEY are the responsible to fix this. They not only have the money but the obligation to do it, not the American people and the poor creatures that have to deal with the disaster.

What will be next: We will need to pay the cleaning of the skies because Airplanes polluted the atmosphere?


Sandy   June 21st, 2010 10:02 pm ET

I live on the gulf coast in Alabama on a canal that leads out to the Mississippi Sound. For years I have had a beautiful Pelican fly down the canal at dusk as fast as it could fly. I could always hear it coming and the sqawks were so loud it scared the cats. It was always sure of getting an easy catch in the canal that would last it's appetite til the next day. In the last few weeks I have not seen or heard a Pelican and I wonder if has become a victim of the oil. It makes me so sad and after dark I go out on my deck and say a prayer for the Pelicans and sea life that are suffering right now that no one will find and be able to help. If you can't donate then please just say a prayer for everyone and their livelyhood but especially for the sealife. Bless their innocent little hearts and may they forgive us all.


Tara   June 21st, 2010 10:04 pm ET

As a Louisiana resident I thank and appreciate you, the private sector and the faith based sector for once again helping us in another man made disaster I am humbled by your concern and involvement. Thank you.


Eli Underwood   June 21st, 2010 10:06 pm ET

As a resident of Louisiana's Gulf Coast I commend you for your efforts in bringing attention and funds to this desperate situation. We feel a little less alone –


Susan Peterson   June 21st, 2010 10:06 pm ET

John Lennon is rolling in his grave after that painful mess of a version of his simply beautiful song, "Imagine." It was so bad, I changed the channel!


Sharon   June 21st, 2010 10:08 pm ET

What happened to the efforts to cap the oil spill? What are the scientist working on? I can seem to figure out why BP and everyone else can't work on this problem together. It seems like we need to stop battering BP so that they "will come out of hiding" and let everyone work together on fixing this–if we can. Yeah, they're at fault, but if we don't help them, if we boycott them, they will eventually go broke. It will not matter's who's at fault when our old planet we called Earth is no longer inhabitable. We all need to live here so where are the sciencetist and how does the average person share ideas?


Shiva Pathak   June 21st, 2010 10:08 pm ET

BP's actions are good Hopes of Pain. Gov. should freeze all BP's Asset and Get money from there. Make BP's CEO to lick the oil in the gulf or pay the gulf. Thanks For CNN. we think you are more concerned in gulf Protection. As we know " A Small Step towards a giant Leap". Even a penny from us can save thousands of lives over there.


Kelly Chapman   June 21st, 2010 10:09 pm ET

Mr. King, I am so glad that you took the initiative to host a telethon. No one else is. Everything you're doing is so great. However, I feel that the focus is always on Louisiana and not on the other areas affected by disasters, i.e. Mississippi and Alabama. Having lived near Dauphin Island, AL, I cannot express how saddening it is to know how many people and wildlife are affected in other nearby regions. I realize that there are not big cities in Mississippi and Alabama like New Orleans, but I feel that these people and these regions deserve more attention. Again, I cannot express how grateful I am that you have taken the time to show the world what a true disaster this really is. You are one of a kind, Mr. King.


Cindy   June 21st, 2010 10:09 pm ET

THIS IS CRIMINAL!

WHY ARE BP CORPORTE LEADERS STILL ENJOYING LIFE – THEY NEED TO BE ARRESTED.....


Jesse   June 21st, 2010 10:16 pm ET

Shouldn't BP be paying all these donations back? This is completely their fault. You're taking responsibility off BP's shoulders with these public donations. This was not an act of god, it was corporate greed and they should pay for every cent plus punitive damages. I'm actually upset you are asking the public to donate to help repair a situation that was caused by this reckless corporation.


Renee Brown   June 21st, 2010 10:20 pm ET

ONE QUESTION? WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR DISTRIBUTING THE MONEY? IF BP IS RESPONSIBLE FOR PAYING FOR EVERYTHING – WHY AND WHO IS GETTING THIS TELETHON MONEY? CITY BURN'T IN THE PAST?


ckesling   June 21st, 2010 10:21 pm ET

i am retired and do go out about 3 times a week, but i can certainally cut that down to once a week if it will "HURT" B.P. ! they need to take care of this problem and fix it as soon as possible ! they are dispicable !!!! why are they waiting so long to step up and take care of this problem ? god bless the families that are involved in this tradgety!


d. sims   June 21st, 2010 10:31 pm ET

Yesterday on the Tampa news a report lead "Ten whale sharks 23 miles off the beaches in Sarasota spotted. Headed north towards the panhandle, and the oil, 3 were tagged by Mote Marine you can follow "Sara". But, I think they will probably end up dead on washed up on the beaches. How can BP repair this?


Jerry Balthazore   June 21st, 2010 10:44 pm ET

I clicked on a survey about, "Would you help clean the oil spill in the gulf?" My response was, "NO!" I worked with thousand's on the oil spill we had with Exxon Valdez in Alaska.

We were lied to about how safe the chemical PHA, (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon) we used on the beach's! This toxic spay is killing thousand's and many other's suffer long term health effects.

If anyone can get this message out to the people, that are thinking about cleaning the gulf with this toxic substance like PAH or anything else, you can Larry!

There is now 32,000 people sick from working on Exxon Disaster.

My God, "Isn't human health an issue also?"

JEROLD BALTHAZORE


Connie   June 21st, 2010 10:49 pm ET

Why was BP allowed to put chemicals in the Gulf? From what I can see it made things worse. The chemicals are breaking up the oil and making it spread further and some of it sinks to the ocean floor. This means it will remain there causing more destruction to the wildlife. Whoever authorized that move should be fired and made to clean up oil.


Kelly Chapman   June 21st, 2010 10:50 pm ET

AllietheGreat...thank you for posting about Matter of Trust! Brilliant! I have 3 dogs and cannot tell you how much dog hair I vacuum on a weekly basis! Now I know it can go to good use. I am currently researching how to do this. Again, many thanks!


Bob Foster   June 21st, 2010 10:58 pm ET

I'm not sure why Larry King is still on the air.He is so out of touch,and his softball questions really accomplish nothing and leaving you wondering,is this guy for real.Time to retire him,before he actually falls asleep on air.


Dodie   June 21st, 2010 10:59 pm ET

Cindy June 21st, 2010 10:09 pm ET

This is one time I completely AGREE with what you said!!! It is criminal!!! And it makes me sick.


Dodie   June 21st, 2010 11:07 pm ET

@ Marty Albright June 21st, 2010 9:47 pm ET

You stated:
"As a "former" oil and gas geologist, I am appalled by the shortcuts and risk that BP took in shutting down the well (according to reports I've read). If it is as reported, the investigation should hold them responsible to reimburse lost wages and revenues. However, people tend to think that this is simply a pipe you can shut off – it is NOT. The President can't just say 'we'll take it from here..." We have to depend on BP to shut off the well. It's also not a simple matter of 'just gather and block the oil.." No matter who is in "control" – it is a MASSIVE undertaking that CANNOT be contained in three weeks, three months or three years. There is NO EASY fix on this. I grieve for the people impacted (I've donated), but it is what it is now – a nightmare that we all must suffer through. We can only provide short-term income support to those impacted and prepare for long-term recovery. The US government could scream all it wanted to "fix it fast" but there are no fast easy fixes, the oil industry (not the govt) is the only one that MIGHT have the skills to stop it, and there's no one to blame other than BP (if the investigations show the negligence reported in trying to take shortcuts to plug the hole)."

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I re-posted your statement as I want to thank you for the information your presented and why it is so complicated and why our government is unable to "fix" it. Thank You... Thank You!!!


lee   June 21st, 2010 11:10 pm ET

I don't understand why we are discussing anything other than how to stop oil from spilling into the ocean.


diva555   June 21st, 2010 11:17 pm ET

who was the other singer on imagine with herbie hancock and indiaarie?


travis   June 21st, 2010 11:18 pm ET

An important story not being looked at...right now u cannot but flood insurance for a new home purchase or increase policy limits on a existing policy bc congress let NFIP run out. Its set to be refunded in hr 4213 which big items include extended cobra and unemployment ins which no one is sure will pass. With everything that is going on with the gulf, tenn and the economy don't we think this important to get this program refunded? I cannot close on my house bc the lender will not do the loan bc I do not have insurance. Also I am sure there are many trying to take adv of the 1st time homebuyer credit that must close by the end of month!!!


Anthony Smith   June 21st, 2010 11:28 pm ET

I think that the Gulf Coast region are being punished by God for all the racist things that happened there in the past.

It's very telling that people from the North and West coast are silent about the spill in the Gulf Coast. One get the feeling that they do not care about the deep South.


Jennifer McElroy   June 21st, 2010 11:59 pm ET

I can't imagine that anything will be easy at this point. I believe that BP waited too long to do anything about it. I don't agree with the dispersement that they've been using to break up the oil. I heard that it is toxic as well. Plug up that well and no more offshore drilling. God Bless everyone affected directly by this catastophe. My heart and prayers go out to you! Thank you Larry King Live for initiating this reliefe effort.


Edward Tarver   June 22nd, 2010 12:04 am ET

BP cant pay for the fear and emotional scares, they have created.


Hunter Vassau   June 22nd, 2010 12:11 am ET

I have an idea. Lay some pipe out from the shore to the sea. Then you pump sea water from the fresh sea, to land back towards the sea. This way the fresh water they pump won't kill animal life.( replaced by sea water) I just thought they had people who were smarter than me


Dee   June 22nd, 2010 12:18 am ET

Just wanted to mention...as bad as it is for the animals, fisherman and beaches, do you realize there are going to be 10's of thousands of drilling related people without jobs....they have families also and this wasn't their fault either...If the greedy East and West coast wouldn't have had such a fit over drilling 50 miles off their coastlines, years ago, the need for the deeper wells wouldn't have been needed...
These rigs don't just raise up out of the water...there are service companies, cooks, food suppliers, boats that send supplies, helicopters to get the workers out there and more........the unemployment is going to be staggering.....


Smith in Oregon   June 22nd, 2010 12:29 am ET

One after another Republican lawmakers voices are siding with BP and against Democratic President Obama standing up to BP and Big Oil and tell BP that they are going to pay for the enormous Oil Spill that BP created in the Gulf of Mexico.

Republican Congressman Joe Barton is the leading Republican for Energy legislation, He is also the one that emphatically for several minutes apologized to BP and echoed the talking points of Republican leader Steele's 'Chicago politics' and 'big oil shake-down'. Several other Republicans including Tom Price, and the Republican Chairperson both stated President Obama was performing a BP 'shake-down'.

Republican and Tea-Potty candidates and lawmakers Michelle Bachman, Rand Paul and Joe Barton have been stating that making BP pay for the costs is 'anti-American'.

It is crystal clear IF the Republican party was a majority in Congress, the American Taxpayers would be the one's footing the bill to clean-up the enormous BP Oil gusher in the Gulf of Mexico, not BP!!!

Republican Governors across the Gulf States Region including Bobby (Captain Drill) Jindal are demanding deep sea Ocean Oil drilling resume immediately!

The Republican platform of deregulating and removing safety laws on mining and the Oil industry lead directly to what is being seen in the enormous BP Oil gusher in the Gulf of Mexico, American Taxpayers cannot afford such public servants who serve only their Big Oil special interests and have total disregard to the American people, The Environment and the Workers who are killed and injured.


steve Hagen   June 22nd, 2010 12:31 am ET

Drivers can help by slowing down to 55-60 MPG where most vehicles get the berst milaage to cut consumption by 10-20%. Lets have a
luxury tax on gas hogs and pay for health care..


Janice Florey   June 22nd, 2010 12:31 am ET

Larry,

Jean-Michel Cousteau, Troy Aikman, and Drew Bledsoe have held a Press Conference in Louisiana to Endorse Breakthrough Technology to Help Clean Up BP Oil Spill. They have also appeared on FOX and CNBC. They have also been recognized in the Wall Street Journal.

Ecosphere technology separates water from oil or natural gas w/o the use of chemicals. They have spoken with BP but have received feedback. This technology has already been tested and have been in use in OK and AR. They have 26 machines ready to go. They can be set up w/i 72 hours. They can process large quantities of gas/water at a time.

If you are going to interview Kevin Costner, you might want to interview
Cousteau, Bledsoe or Aikman.


Christopher Robinson   June 22nd, 2010 12:38 am ET

My name is Christopher Robinson , and i am wondering why noone has thought to put a giant upside down funnel big enough to cover the leaking oil and let it run up through another giant hose that reaches the surface so they can let whatever oil comes through the hose spill into one of the hundred vessels they have on stand by, this would delete the oil from spreading away from the site , but if any did it would be much more to clean it because its all right there in one small area,, please let this get to someone who will think of this with an open mind and vision ! Its been tried right here in my sink and it worked , im in phoenix ,az good luck , my prayers are with you all christopher


Danielle Michaelson   June 22nd, 2010 12:42 am ET

I want to first thank CNN for all the work that they are doing. You are the only program really talking about the Gulf Coast. I was born and raised in louisiana, until recently we had to relocate to North Alabama due to Hurricane Katrina. There is so much to say about the pain that every gulf coast resident is going through. It’s amazing how it seems OUR government is more worried about politics than protecting the American people. We need every American to stand and not ask but demand our government to take immediate action for our Gulf Coast and Louisiana Wetlands. Our government has forgotten that the reason they have a job and receive a paycheck is because of the American People. We put animals on an endangered list from becoming extinct; Our Louisiana Wetlands should also be added to an endangered list before they become extinct. Do you not hear your fellow Americans cry for help? Instead of focusing on your political gain why not put all your focus on why you took this job position. If we (Americans) failed at our job we would be fired, there would be no slap on the wrist, we would receive our last paycheck and someone else would fill our positions. To the Government : If you cannot perform the job that you were hired to do then step aside and let someone more qualified take your place. For Every American: It’s time to say if you can’t perform the job that you were hired to do then you are FIRED! Quit all the political talking, finger pointing, and perform the duties that are needed. REMEMBER WE VOTE! If you like your job and really believe in what you suppose to stand for, then set the tone for every American. Vacation on the Gulf Coast, Spend your money at the local restaurants, Stay at the Local Hotels, Show everyone in the world that you stand for change. I want to see every person in our government to visit the gulf coast personally and get the TRUST back from the people that you have lost. Show us that you all are here for the American people. I want every American to send this and DEMAND Action Now !


jim Senka   June 22nd, 2010 12:58 am ET

I care about the damage done by BP in the Gulf as much as anyone.
But I think it's wrong for the American people to raise money to do the clean-up. That's BP's job!. By doing their job for them, yoiu are sending a message to them that creating such catastrophes is ok. If the American people wants to do something creative with their donations – take BP to court, or start a publicity campaign to encourage people not to by BP products. BP needs to be taught a lesson and NOT helped out of their mess.


cary   June 22nd, 2010 1:05 am ET

i have a way to end the oil spill! This is how.... you start from the bottom and inject us composite foam (otherwise known as piping foam) this material foams, expands, and hardens. you would need to inject at points around the bottom and inject at the same time. Then wait, and move up layering until you incase the whole thing. This material works well with water and oil, will fill it and incase it leaving no leaks and a structure hard as a rock to work with instead of a fountain. It will not be a long term fix a couple of month window to work with, but will stop it and give us time to enclose it or cap it long term. to review my reseach in this, a good web site on the material ... uscomposites.com. Its used by our Coast Guard, its very low in cost and widely obtainable. I have tried to get this out to someone that will listen and give me the time of day.. at this point i'm drained, no one wants to listen. Check the web sight out and veiw the FAQs. Then please tell me why i'm not being heard, it can be done, without I feel, a whole lot of drama to it, it may need to be altered somewhat as far as temp, depth, pressure and the amount needed, but brains and far less money than were wasting now could have it done. But what do I know i'm just a military housewife!!!


Lauren   June 22nd, 2010 1:18 am ET

I would love to help out in the Gulf. How can I ensure that the money I donate will directly help the Gulf? I know that a lot of people would love to donate, but they are unsure of where exactly their money is being sent to.


Pamela Mann   June 22nd, 2010 1:21 am ET

I'm wondering why no one is mentioning the "unseen" creatures in the water (ie: dolphins, whales, etc.)....it is vital to remember that all this wildlife feeds off eachother, so we eventually will end up consuming tarnished fish, etc. from our oceans. Once it reaches the Atlantic, it will undoubtedly head northward & cross the current into Europe. I know the economy is important but, in my opinion, without our eco-system, money is worth nothing. We are a dead species! PLEASE remember this.....
Sincerely,
Sickened in Canada
Pamela Mann


jkinchicago   June 22nd, 2010 1:24 am ET

To Larry and all of the celebrities/stars:
Thank you for doing this. It seems the only way America gets on board is when the entertainment industry becomes proactive. It is as if the industry has to remind people how important this is. There will always be natural disasters like quakers, hurricanes, etc. and people will continue to rise up and help. But this was a man made disaster and that is what is so frustrating. The company just gives lip service and shirks responsibility. Part of our nation is dying, their culture and their way of life. The devastation to the animals affects the entire food chain worldwide. This is the wake up call for our nation and humans all over the world.


leslie   June 22nd, 2010 1:31 am ET

Please make this a national hit to get everyone to maybe have everyone know that they will have no regret.

We can change it we just can’t change others or turn back a second of time.
Let yesterday go and work towards lessons learned by the experiences we continue to learn.

This isn’t the first and this won’t be the last. Embrace, learn and come together to surpass the consequences of today’s choices.

Don’t’ get mad, you’re allowed to be sad, just seek beyond to the answers to the challenges of today which might change ours of tomorrow.

You can’t change today, yesterday, anyone else, only tomorrow
You can’t change today, yesterday, anyone else , only tomorrow

Learn from experience; take responsibility, no matter whether it’s yours to take or others to fully breath in the water before drowning of shame. Believe in Carma and take it with you to tomorrow. Spread it to others. If you believe, then say something and make it happen.
Be honest, just say it, don’t’ worry, say it and I beg you to seek it from your heart.

You will worry if you let it. Please don't you’ll have a restful sleep.

You can’t change today, yesterday, anything or anyone else, just tomorrow.

ust you and you will never regret it.

A sincere honest heart can help a moment in time and more than moments for tomorrow.

Thank you, please sincerely smile and act for the good.

We can do for the best for tomorrow because you can. Getting mad, being sad, needing time, take it. You are ok. We are all here for you.

Sleep tight, and rest for the energies needed for tomorrow.


David Weinstein   June 22nd, 2010 1:38 am ET

Since BP has said that they are responsible for the total expense of the clean-up, lost wages and other business loses why are you asking the American people to contribute funds. I have placed my name as someone who would help clean-up. Now I feel if I donate my time cleaning the beaches, I will donating my time to BP. They should be paying all the wonderful people that are there donating their efforts. Of course if there were no funds to cover the clean-up the American people, me included would rise, as we always do, to the occasion and clean-up the mess that BP has created. I think it's initially BP's responsibility both fiscally and financially, to hire workers especially those that have been devastated by this BP screw-up.


Tricia Plank   June 22nd, 2010 1:42 am ET

Hands Across The Sand is an organization committed to protecting our
coastlines and waterways from near and off shore oil drilling. Join us
June 26, 2010!


JD in Colorado   June 22nd, 2010 2:03 am ET

Larry,
I have a 67 year old widowed sister that lived in the Gulfport Mississippi area. She lost everything in Katrina, as did many people. She and others have worked hard to try rebuild their lives and now this Oil spill!
She worked part time in the tourist business to supplement her social security so she could try and rebuild.
Now she has lost her job due to this oil spill and is struggling. Just as many people are on the Gulf coast.
My heart goes out to everyone on the Gulf coast. It was very beautiful country, with wonderful people and I had visited there many times over the past 30 years.
I am now spending my savings to relocate her away from BP’s Grand Fracking MESS!!!!!
All because BP cut corners and our Government is so slow to react.
I hate to think how long it will take for the animals, marine life and for people’s lives to recover.
I am sure it will not be in my sister’s life time or even my life time to recover. It may not ever totally recover.
It makes me so mad that Big Companies can get away with this kind of thing and our Government lets them do it.
Every time Big Companies cut corners, who pays? The American people do in the long run.
When is the Government going to stand up for the People????? Never because of the money that Big Companies thrown at Washington to lobby and corrupt our congressmen!!!!!!
History has proven that Governments come and go. I hope that our Government wakes up before it is too late.
Look how big and powerful the Roman government was and it fell, as has so many others.
Do not get me wrong, I love my country, but our Government needs to get its act together or it could end up another footnote in history.
Our constitution has good sound principles, but somehow the Government has got away from them.
As for BP’s mess and for everyone’s life it has destroyed, I just want to say I hope it bankrupts the company to clean up this environmental mess they caused. Maybe some good will come from it.
As for my sister, she is here with me now. Safe and secure in Colorado, far away from BP’s MESS!!!


David Perkins   June 22nd, 2010 2:08 am ET

I watch you all the time. Tonight I heard the closing song "Imagine" done in a way that I would be ashamed of. One of the most beautiful songs every written. I was crucified tonight. I would really hate to hear them sing the National Anthem.


Pat Goldberg   June 22nd, 2010 2:40 am ET

I am so happy alot of . Its about time. I have been writing tthis money seems to be going to the animals, birds, the sea itself I have been writing t the President (trying to not sucessfully) He never mentions the wildlife... I want him to go out to the marshess and get dirty. See how untrained workers crush the eggs and even baby birds. People need help but they are not dieing like the wold life is. The president has not even mentioned the wildlife and what is needed to save as many as possible... So thanku.


cary   June 22nd, 2010 3:49 am ET

The web sight that I posted to review..us composites.com changed a few things around since I did my last research.. if you go under polyurethane foam FAQs it will give more of an insight than just the general FAQs on the material.


Donna Parker   June 22nd, 2010 5:35 am ET

A TELETHON ???? At least those individuals/businesses still have their IRAs, Pension plans, and savings to live off of while awaiting payment from BP!
Hmmmmmm, wonder of the unemployment claims have increased in the affected areas? If so, wouldnt that create "double dipping"? Get an unemployment check AND reimbursement from BP?? Who, in the unemployment compensation administration, is overseeing this? If ANY unemployment money is paid to individuals, then BP SHOULD have to reimburse them!
I have been unemployed since 11/02/2008. I just called today (actually Monday 6-21-10) and requested a withdrawal/closing of my investment account. There was only $650 left (one earlier withdrawal PLUS economic losses through the stock market). Yes, I get to pay 20 % & then another 10% in taxes and penalties. My pension plan was drained last year.
Why not draw attention to the fact that many thousands of us need an extension on our benefits?? We are the ones facing bankruptcy, foreclosures, mounting debt, zero credit status, starvation, illnesses, homelessness, depression and/or other emotional problems! I had been accustomed to working 2 jobs for the past 20 years in healthcare and long term employment with one of those employers for the 20 years before that! 40 years of high paying technical, medical field positions and I'm all but destitute!!!! I NEED A TELETHON!!!!!!!!
Does anyone at CNN read these posts?


Kagome Dirksmeyer   June 22nd, 2010 5:42 am ET

What is the phone Number so i make a donation? I don`t see anywhere I can do it?


Silvia Howard   June 22nd, 2010 6:02 am ET

Mr. King,
I had a typo on my comment, and so I am retyping it.
I saw your program last evening, June 21, 2010, the Oil Spill, in Louisiana. I thought about it a lot after and I have a suggestion, and also a thought in reference to BP. These are strictly my thoughts and opinions.
1. The people of Louisiana are trying to feed their families, and to make ends meet. I think instead of volunteering, I think BP should hire these people who are capable of helping to clean up the oil spill. This would give these people an income. It would also help BP clean up the oil spill.
2. I would like to see BP fined for everyday that they do nothing, this I believe may just make them work a bit harder and do what they should have done before, and should be doing now.


Ted   June 22nd, 2010 8:25 am ET

Does CNN and BP have a secret agreement to help the oil company with its financial responsibility to the american people?
If you cause damages you pay for it, not your neighbours.

A lot of voices call for stopping the drilling for oil in deep waters.
Fine, we do it, what will you use to fill your tank in a few years, oil resources are getting depleted on land.
If we have an airliner crash with 200-300 dead, we do not ground all planes for good, we just try to improve everything and hope for the best.

In the forseeable future we have no other solution to oil, therefore we must get it wherever it may be.
We just have to improve the safety devices and install the best of them. In the Gulf BP used inefficient methods to bore, (according to its own engineers), that was inspected and approved by our own MMS. We must put Elisabeth Birnbaum and her staff into a very dirty and dark jail for the rest of their lives, they are just as guilty as BP is!!!

We can produce gasoline from corn, however this way we increase the price of that produce so poor people cannot pay for their daily meal! Besides, it is a shame to destroy a lot of good food so we can drive a car for a few miles, as the method is very inefficient.
Electric cars use a lot of current that must be produced, so it is not the best solution.
We must find a new and cheap way to produce for our ever increasing consumption of energy, a new, not yet known way.
If we can send a man to the moon and have a thousand ways to blow this globe to pieces, we can fight our way out of this dilemma.
We just have to stop wasting money on wars, needless weapons and client states who are not friends, but bloodsuckers.


Phillip M   June 22nd, 2010 11:47 am ET

This 'telethon" idea serves, in my opinion, as something that only riles me up further with regard to the Gulf oil spill. This is a catastrophe, clearly the result of corporate dominance, influence and greed. It will forever change an entire region of our world, psychologically, economically and even more relevant, environmentally. I am not donating one penny of my hard earned money to help fix an accident that was caused by a MULTI, MULTI billion dollar company that was apparently looking to save 7 million dollars. This is outrageous. They need to pay, the government needs to pay and corporate practices need to be thoroughly scrutinized so that another event such as this will not surface, literally, at a later date. We must not allow corporate "superiority" to trample upon our environment and our hard working citizens. I say no more.


Susan62509   June 22nd, 2010 12:09 pm ET

The more we give, the less BP will have to pay and the SLOWER they will take to make payments to the companies in the gulf region impacted by the oil spill. This is not the financial responsibility of celebrities. It's our responsibility to force government to begin immediate action.

Per Philippe Cousteau above "We cannot wait any longer for the government to process these large sums of money and wait for them to trickle down to the people…”

People who volunteer their services to assist is great.

Rather than donate money with a percentage going to each charity to keep, let's tell our government to start doing their job like they are supposed to be doing. If Obama or other politicians want to get voted into office again, then cut the darn red tape and get to work immediately. Actions speak louder than words, so government get to work NOW. Money is to expedited to the businesses impacted by the oil immediately, not weeks or months. All vacations and golfing need to be cancelled and the government work 7 days per week on a rotating shift to get this resolved. Plain and simple.


gerald Jolly   June 22nd, 2010 1:12 pm ET

Same question over and over and over.

Why a telethon, what logical reason can there be to ask the public to help bail out B.P. the perpetrators of this fiasco.

Where has our sense of common sense gone.

SORRY FOLKS, BUT YOU'VE BEEN HAD.


cary   June 22nd, 2010 1:35 pm ET

it makes me more angry I think that 1000 of people have ideas on how to help yet everyones ( BP) just sittin around the tv watching this or on the news telling us there on it. Really? I dont know about you, but in our house if a pipes busted and waters everwhere we get on it and fix it even if its trial and error we dont sit and watch water gush in our home. If the cars leaking oil guess what we fix it normallly that day not months after when the engine blows!! Pick several of the ideas from these people put them all in a room and have a question and answer session sometimes several ideas combined can turn into one, brainstorm let us know your hearing us let us know your doing something we want to help!!dont push us away


cary   June 22nd, 2010 1:48 pm ET

these people would rather watch this day after day while they come up with a perfect plan of action than start on it ( winging it somewhat) right now. Calling all rednecks, duck tape pros, housewifes ,dads ( we'd getter done!!!)


cary   June 22nd, 2010 2:04 pm ET

Really, what more could they do at this point, okay that might bite me in the butt, but you get the point, do something, instead of telling us your on it . I want to see boats , divers, "fix it" stuff going on the next time I sit down to watch the news.I dont care if its the head of NASA out there doing it or a "hillbilly" from the boothills -trial and error folks, you have to START before you can solve!!!!


cary   June 22nd, 2010 2:20 pm ET

I'm to the point on this , if I see one more guy giving an interview or going over there plan on this i'm going to scream, Hey wildlife rescue folks... guess you didnt get the memo, wasnt it....leave all wildlife dead where you found it, do not help any thats alive....until we come up with a really good plan of action!!! Thank you! Thank you and everyone else out there that didnt get that memo or threw it away!!!!!!!


cary   June 22nd, 2010 2:54 pm ET

Just a thought, but several comments have been about donations. People are out there busting there ass in some areas of this mess. They have to eat and its hot outside...start putting it in a fund to "Feed and water and sunscreen those who or up off there ass doing something!!" Sounds like great fund to donate your money to, and the name of it's growing on me by the min!!lol


Timmeh   June 22nd, 2010 3:14 pm ET

Dopey celebrities who are more worried about the wildlife than the people who are affected in the region. They all sounded like stereotypical bubbleheads. Celebrities, including Bobby Redford, really aren't that bright. And their supposed knowledge of the environment, weather and related issues shows they have NO CLUE! But they were on CNN, the news network no one watches. Perfect pairing.


cary   June 22nd, 2010 11:00 pm ET

Timmeh thank you for having a brain and using it!! loved your blog!! short and sweet and to the point!


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