June 16, 2010

LKL – Edward James Olmos: Gulf coast residents are "devastated"

Posted: 03:35 PM ET

Actor/Activist Edward James Olmos will be our guest TONIGHT on 'Larry King Live.'

Olmos travelled down to the Gulf coast to witness the devastation from the oil spill.

He says he "went to the Gulf of Mexico just to lend our support by documenting what we saw... Well, the people that we met took up all of our time. It was brutal! I was not ready for the human aspect because no one had prepared me for it.  I thought they would be angry. They are devastated."

Here is the video that Olmos and Robert M. Young shot from the region...


Filed under: Edward James Olmos • Gulf Oil Spill • Larry King Live

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Smith in Oregon   June 16th, 2010 5:23 pm ET

Larry King, would you ask the very talented and accomplished actor, Edward James Olmos to expand upon his witnessing and explaining that the US Coast Guard was running their ships and vessels over private citizens Oil Booms that had placed them up in hopes of protecting sections of Florida beaches and fishing estuary's smashing and destroying them in a extremely crass and callous manner?

John Hoving   June 16th, 2010 5:52 pm ET

This is a compelling short and one I hope more people will see. The reporting to date while extensive seems to frequently miss this human aspect of the crisis.

I applaud Mr. Olmos and Mr. Young for taking the time to go down there and see first hand what the consequences of this environmental nightmare has done to the men women and children of the gulf region.

Their message is poignantly clear, their sense of overwhelming hopelessness pervasive. It breaks my heart to hear these words but I need to as do all Americans!

Mike Glidden   June 16th, 2010 8:07 pm ET

A thought about the oil spill:

Some times things that happen are just to close to prophesy:

Then the second angel blew his trumpet, and a great mountain of fire was thrown into the sea. One-third of the water in the sea became blood Rev 8:8

Hurricanes can lift the water off the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico. And then move it onshore with violent force. Not to mention lifting it into the clouds then depositing it as rain, oily rain.

And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters;
"And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter." Revelation
8:10, 11


We might have tapped into an underwater type of volcano....heres what I found on the web about that:

What we are seeing now could be small compared to what may yet unfold if things break apart, as they can do under such circumstances. If this thing blew, it could be like the Yellowstone Caldera, except from below a mile of sea, with a 1/4-mile opening, with up to 150,000 psi of oil and natural gas behind it.

That would be an extinction event

fifth trumpet: found on the web

Where is this bottomless pit?
1. It is like a great shaft, like a well, to the abyss.
2. This must be somewhere in the center of the earth with a great shaft, like a mine shaft, leading to it.
3. The abyss is entered by this shaft which is guarded under lock and key
4. The abyss is the abode of demons – Luke 8:31
5. When the bottomless pit is opened it is as if a great volcano were erupting. The sun and the air were darkened by the smoke that comes up out of the pit

Raul   June 16th, 2010 9:21 pm ET

Im not suprised, it would be foolish, super foolish to think that bp has changed. Its like asking a cleptomaniac not to steal while your at the mall. To think that the ceo of bp all of a sudden started to show this character flaw is rediculous. This is normal procedure at bp always will be now and forever generation will live die and forget and bp and companies will continue this at the expense of the next generation just as we americans pass the deficiet same concept.

michael erickson   June 16th, 2010 9:24 pm ET

This isn't the only video they don't want us to see...How about

Why is it we have not seen even ONE photo of the sunken oil platform? My guess is it may hold some REAL clues on just how and why the oil platform blew up... Terriosts come to mind Larry?

Dennis   June 16th, 2010 9:27 pm ET

Larry, I have an Idea on capturing the oil, that's still leaking out. I think if you put a large cone, over the oil leak ( like an inverted ice cream cone). With pipes attached to it. To bring the oil to the top for collection.Nothing would have to be attached to the pipe, or capped. Just a way of venting the oil. Since the oil rises naturally.

Smith in Oregon   June 16th, 2010 9:29 pm ET

Fish and Wildlife are observing a very disturbing wide spread event across the enormous Gulf of Mexico region effected by dumping well over 100 Million Gallons of poisonous, toxic and carcinogenic petrol-chemicals into the water.

Fish and aquatic life including birds and mammals are fleeing that entire region! Seeking refuge from what apparently they perceive as a toxic and poisonous condition in the Ocean they normal reside in.

Samples are showing that oxygen levels are much lower and it is very early on for observing such severe changes with fish, mammals and birds that appear to be already effected by exposure to the widely dispersed crude Oil across the Gulf of Mexico.

Many of the Louisiana, Alabama, Mississipii, and Floridian Gulf coastal residents are clearly very concerned about the long term effects over 100 Million Gallons of a poisonous, toxic and carcingenic petrol-chemical dumped on their doorsteps is going to cause. The anchors, reporters and announcers don't seem to understand their concern. It is exactly the same as head shakers over the large amount of downwind radioactive fallout.

The anchor's, reporters and announcer's are acting like they'd don't see it, they pretend not to smell it, they pretend not to see the abundant lack of sealife and simply shake their heads about someone telling them that region is going to be destroyed for an entire generation in their familys.

Even the hotel receptions are warning people away, do the anchors and announcers actually want people vacationing with a respirator and a hazmat suit? Do the announcers dip their shrimp in 40 weight motor oil? They certainly are encouraging people to eat them.

Due your viewers a FAVOR CNN, instead of anchors and guests telling your viewers how safe and good Gulf seafood currently is to eat, have a team of independent scientist's perform a Gas Chromograph on the flesh of assorted popular fish to actually SEE what is in them. That tool would clearly show how much Lead, Mercury, Cadmium, Petrol-Chemicals and dangerous contamination is truely in that fish. Then inform the CNN viewers the actual unadulterated findings.

There is a Fish and Wildlife and State CSI lab here in Oregon that would be perfect to perform those exams. Do your viewers a favor and find out yourself.

Roy   June 16th, 2010 10:00 pm ET

The only thing BP and others at the well site should be focusing on right now is STOPPING THE LEAK.

This disaster did not have to be extended this long. Just below the cut off end of the pipe that is spewing the oil, there is a bolted flange on top of that failed piece of junk that BP blames for the trouble. If this were on the surface, the company would unbolt the joint and replace the cut end with a new matching flange and bolt it tight. This new flange would be on a short length of pipe connected to a shut off valve that would be closed as soon as the new bolts and gasket were in place.

Between James Cameron, Kevin Costner, and the experts from Woods hole and the Cousteau Society, There is enough expertise and equipment to install this shut off assembly without BP's help. BP or Horizons has on the shelf all this stuff that could end this spill in a few hours. The flow out the end of the pipe precludes the formation of methane hydrate crystals. Any ROV that can handle a cutter strong enough to cut that 22 inch pipe can manipulate a few bolts and a half ton of pipe and valve. If the pressure is too great, just use bolts two os three feet long, threaded their entire length, with extra nuts run up against the heads. Once you get the ends of the bolts through the bottom flange and nuts attached, run the extra nuts down the bolts to cinch the connection closed. Then close the shut off valve.

Elia Esparza   June 16th, 2010 10:10 pm ET

Thank you Edward and Robert, this is a must-see film. I congratulate you for keeping your focus on the people whose lives have changed because of this man-made disaster. It is important those outside of the region "get" the gravity of this crisis, because this devastation will ultimately effective all of us. My heart and prayers go out to the Gulf victims, every living soul.

Marty   June 16th, 2010 10:21 pm ET

I applaud Mr. Olmos and Mr. Young as well for takeing the time to go down there and see the results for themselve from this spill . also Mike Glidden your comment i was thinking the very same thing . and also as a citizen of this great country i think we all should see some pictures of the platform itsself laying at the bottom . questions that may never be answered
1. was this hmmm accident caused by Terriosts to affect many lifes and the nations economy even further
2. was it caused by the greed of money profits over safety and lifes
3. when will the world be allowed to see picutes of the platform on the ocean floor in the gulf
4. will there be a an intence investigation of the platform and any damaged areas of whats left ?
5. what will be the effects the the gulf from the spill years from now not only to the enviroment but to peoples health even after its all cleaned up
we need to keep the gulf in our prayers daily and the people the spill has affected and the ones it will affect years from now

if only we all would just read one book can you guess what that is ?

we as a nation need to read

Deuteronomy 28

Ryan Hinds   June 16th, 2010 11:56 pm ET

Hi Larry. I'll make this short. We need all the help we can get to clean up the Gulf. I hear the mention of Kevin Costner's water / sand cleaning technology. Celebrity status aside, there IS superior technology that can be used to assist in the clean up. Genoil is a company with Patented technology that specializes in Sand Decontamination and Oil/Water Separation. They have a proven track record and when doing the research it is obvious that this company needs to be involved. Perhaps your staff can look into Genoil. Simply put, The word needs to get out and this needs to be cleaned up.
I do not work for Genoil. I have been researching and comparing different technologies. Genoil seems, by far, an obvious solution to asssit. Take care, Larry and company. Great show. Keep working hard!

Ryan Hinds

John   June 17th, 2010 12:19 am ET

Sure, another two hours to raise money. .......and where does it go? If you, Larry, are going to put your name on the fund raiser, then best you put your name on the route this money takes. Enough with all of the heartfelt songs and the on site pictures, only to have those who suffer the devastation continue to wait for assistance years after the catastrophe. Whose pockets will be lined in the name of charity and concern ? How many days after the two hours will it take for the glimmer of this project to lose its appeal.
Never again will I send anything to some organization five times removed from the need. By the time the money is picked over and syphoned off how much is really left?
Good luck, but you and people like you have gone to the well once to often. My check will go directly to a local agency in one of the affected communities!

George Buck Whitlow   June 17th, 2010 3:09 am ET

Re: Politics and the Gulf Oil Spill
I did not vote for Obama, I voted for Hillary and then for McCain. I personally did not feel like Obama had the experience it took to lead the nation. Apparently the majority of voters did feel like Obama could run the country. I think that most people voted for him because he guaranteed change and they thought he was a man of his word. I think I recall Obama promising he would get us out of Iran and Afghanistan. Our brave men and women are still dying and being maimed there and it is all because of oil. The other day I listened to a retired general explain a joint military attack on the gulf oil spill. We need to declare war on this invasion attacking in our waters and on our soil here at home. We need to preserve our fish, wildlife, natural resources, and our way of life. We need to bring our troops home and mount an all out attack on the gulf oil spill. I think Obama is listening to too many advisors and not being a man of his word. This would be a great opportunity for him to get us out of the Mideast wars, save face, and be a man of his word. Put your money where your mouth is.

Rochelle James   June 17th, 2010 5:19 am ET

I think the apology from the BP Chairman just shows what they really think. Who are BP to feel they are above the Fisherman and the people who make their living from the sea? All BP have done is destroyed a huge part of the world and peoples lives.

Abraham   June 17th, 2010 5:42 am ET

What happened in GOM is sad.. They need all the support. But let us also remember the 11 people who died. Seems like now it is all about the environment and work. Nobody is even talking abt the people who died or the support for their family.
Also let us stop taking oil companies to the cleaners. They keep the world running. Car accidents kill thousands of people in the US every year. Nobody blames the car companies!!!. Can you imagine one day without oil productts.. no fuel, no power, no plastic, no roads etc.. that is going back to live in the 18th century. Let us support these companies and make sure they do the right things. It is very easy to blame when things go wrong.

Ted   June 17th, 2010 8:16 am ET

First of all, congratulations to President Obama for getting a 20 billion dollars commitment from BP.
This money should be used to compensate small businesses and people who lost their livelihood.
The next step is to file criminal charges against the company under the clean water act to pay for the cost of cleanup and the killing of animals in the Gulf. This probably will surpass the 20 billion mark.

Now that we all see what can happen if we let the greedy oil companies save money on safety, new, very strick laws must be passed to minder the possibility of the next cathastrophe.
Any republican congressmen, who votes against such a law, should be nailed to the next tree.

getknowledge   June 17th, 2010 11:01 am ET

This is the second 911...notice the cheifs ain't in a hurry to do anything.NUMBING.

Betty   June 17th, 2010 9:16 pm ET

I bet the Repulicans in the gulf are complaining? Nothing this President does will ever make the Republicans happy and i do mean nothing. Do the people realize how little the Republicans care about the American people, only thing they care for is they are not in Power.

Betty   June 17th, 2010 9:26 pm ET

We got the Bestest President!!!

christine   June 17th, 2010 10:03 pm ET

Larry, the talking heads on your show this evening were nauseating. I am so tired of hearing the President did this or that wrong. Wake up people when this oil line was drilled it should of had some kind of shut off valve in place at that time, or at least had a back up plan. As usual the greed overworked the brain power. The last administration should be accountable as well as BP. Haliburton was in on this project. Maybe Ben Stien has a plan he is quite the Debbie Downer . I am amazed he hasn't come up with the solution yet! Let's not just worry who is in charge of the money does it really matter if it is a democrat or a republican. Typical republicans always worried about the money not the problems.

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