June 18, 2010

LKL MONDAY: Disaster in the Gulf: How You Can Help telethon

Posted: 02:20 PM ET

TUNE IN ON MONDAY for our special two-hour Larry King Live telethon, “DISASTER IN THE GULF: How You Can Help,” from 8 to 10pm Eastern, a star-studded effort to raise funds for United Way, The National Wildlife Federation and The Nature Conservancy, organizations working directly with the families, individuals and wildlife affected by the Gulf oil spill.

Guests include Justin Bieber, Deepak Chopra, Cameron Diaz, Philippe Cousteau, Ted Danson, Kathy Griffin, Chelsea Handler, Randy Jackson, Kerry Kennedy, Lenny Kravitz, Jenny McCarthy, Tim McGraw, Alyssa Milano, Aaron Neville, Edward James Olmos, Victoria Principal, Robert Redford, Gloria Reuben, Tyson Ritter, Richard Simmons, Ian Somerhalder, Sam Trammell, Melania and Ivanka Trump, Pete Wentz, with a special performance by Sting.

Guests talk with Larry on set and via satellite and also participate in the program’s telephone banks taking viewer calls, or in a special online Social Suite—hosted by Ryan Seacrest—for participants using internet social media such as Facebook and Twitter. Celebrity guests post live Facebook updates during Monday’s telethon and the hashtag #CNNHelpGulf is used for viewers and online participants wanting to join the conversation on Twitter.

For more information on the three organizations involved in this initiative please visit the following:


United Way is offering help to the families along the Gulf that are facing financial, educational and health-related challenges as a result from the economic disruption from this Oil Spill. The United Way Gulf Recovery fund will provide emergency assistance, such as help with food, rent and utilities, and support long-term recovery efforts to rebuild these lives and these communities.


The National Wildlife Federation Gulf Oil Spill Restoration Fund supports efforts to find and save oiled wildlife, and help recover their delicate ecosystems that make up their nesting and breeding grounds.


In response to the Gulf Coast oil spill, The Nature Conservancy has launched their Fund for Gulf Coast Restoration, expanding their efforts for long term recovery for the Gulf of Mexico and habitats along the coast, including salt marshes, oyster reefs, marshlands, beaches and estuaries.

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ronald Ravenscroft   June 18th, 2010 2:31 pm ET

Would like to know how to get a hold of some one i could contact in this gulf oil spill .I have an idea how to put a cap on it .Your help would be appreceiated. I am going to make a working model.

Yours Truly

Smith in Oregon   June 18th, 2010 2:45 pm ET

The Republican Lawmakers Strike Back!

In a direct response to the shame heaped upon Republican Texan Congressman Joe Barton. During his opening remark during yesterdays Congressional Energy Hearing Joe Barton for several minutes emphatically apologized to BP and to BP's CEO Tony Hayward for what he felt to be strong arm tactics being used by President Obama to have BP place 20 BILLION dollars into a private Oil Spill relief escrow fund.

Today, the US Republican Senators continuously filibustered a funding bill to extend needed Cobra medical benefits for millions of unemployed Americans, filibustered extending unemployment to thousands of unemployed Americans.

As a direct result of this latest Republican filibuster, a 21 percent cut in doctor fees paid by Medicare would take effect, raising the prospect that some physicians might refuse Medicare patients. Tens of thousands of Americans who have exhausted their jobless benefits would not be eligible for more.

States counting on $24 billion in federal aid for help with health costs might have to make up the shortfall. And a host of tax breaks benefiting businesses and individuals would not be renewed. In addition, new taxes on wealthy investment managers would not be imposed, along with an increase in liability taxes on oil companies, leading Democrats to contend that Republicans were protecting Wall Street and the oil industry.

“They said yes to the special interest groups they always stand by,” said Senator Richard J. Durbin of Illinois, the No. 2 Democrat.

The Republican party filibustered in a lock step fashion to NOT allow the passage of a increase in liability taxes on Oil Companys!!!

Although Joe Barton stated he was speaking for himself and later apologized for his extremely rude and jealous remark towards President Obama, viewers of the ongoing hearing noticed the entire rank and file of the Republican lawmakers gathered and in the audience were nodding their heads with distinct approval. All Joe Barton stated was that which ALL Republican lawmakers were muttering when President Obama convinced BP to put up 20 Billion dollars rather than have the American Taxpayers pay that.

Republican lawmakers switchboards were deluged by angry American's and today it appears The Republican Lawmakers struck back against all Americans as they read phone books to their fellow US Senators in filibustering this urgently needed bill rather than allowing it to be voted on.

Lisa kochiras   June 18th, 2010 2:47 pm ET

Why hasn't anyone mentioned that if the gov't regulators had done their job right the gulf would't be in this position and letting the CEO of BP go because his handlers wouldN't let him say anything doesn't solve anything and each senator asking q's at the hearing talked right through their time instead of asking a question and following to a more detailed from the senator prior.

Joe G. (Illinois)   June 18th, 2010 4:18 pm ET

It’s not about money, printing money, charity money, or Borak Obama further adding to the already unplayable debt to the Chinese…

It’s about the Borak Obama and his frenzy's inabilities to cease the oil spill in the Gulf.. Or after 60 long days coming up with better theatrics than villanizing their long-standing job creating BP partner.

He can’t blame George W. Bush , nor can he claim that he didn’t really know what was going on this one as with Jeremiah Wright.

SandyP   June 18th, 2010 5:52 pm ET

I am already donating funds to wildlife organizations, and even offered to help with rescue efforts but was turned down in lieu of wanting local-only help. Fine. My question is: how can we really help the gulf when the hole hasn't been stopped, contained, or plugged? This is but the beginning of an ugly pandora's box of oil, gas/methane, and disbursements that will affect even the air we breathe throughout N.A. and afar below. Can anyone shed light on what plans are in place for people and wildlife when hurricanes hit the gulf area?

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   June 18th, 2010 10:12 pm ET

Bravo to this telethon and all the agencies offering help! Any little bit will help.

More needs to be done than just capping the well. Are there machines or devices that can contain the oil from spreading at the source of the gushing or is the pressure just too great.

Smith in Oregon   June 18th, 2010 11:58 pm ET

Ethanol has not fouled any beaches in America, nor poisoned the water table contaminating city's fresh water supplys. America should be pressuring Texas, Louisiana and Colorado to move their economy's away from a utter dependence on harvesting crude Oil at the dreadful expense of their States environment.

The best way to do that is thru their pocketbook. Push your State representatives to insist on flex-fuel stations in your State. Push your US Congress and Senators to insist American automakers produce more flex-fuel and CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) fueled cars and trucks for public sale and public use.

Lisa Rahon   June 19th, 2010 11:59 am ET

I appreciate everyone's efforts, but, no one should be GIVING money for BP's mess. Our government should demand that BP pay for training, boarding and employment of unemployed persons from around the country to clean up the oil.

a. oil is cleaned up faster
b. economy in effected areas is bolstered by housing and feeding workers
c. unemployed individuals can get jobs
d. contractors like Haliburton will not befit from a disaster in which they were involved

After Katrina, FEMA hired a company to handle all of the room and board payments to hotels and individuals who housed evacuees.

Payment, training and housing could be farmed out again to third parties, chosen by our representatives in the government, not by BP.

Pensacola Native Girl   June 19th, 2010 12:17 pm ET

Thank you, Larry.

Mary dewhurst   June 20th, 2010 10:53 pm ET

What I can't understand about all this is why they haven't been able to STOP the leak yet! Actually, yes I can! BP & the government want the money from the oil that;s still being collected.

I e-mailed an idea about how they may be able to stop the leak to the white house. Of course I received an e-mail back thanking me for my concern. After hearing all the things they were considering I didn't think my brothers idea was that far fetched. Especially when one of the ideas was to NUKE the well!!

His idea although it sounds like something from a disaster or horror film just might have merit! His idea is to use LIQUID NITROGEN to freeze the oil just inside the leaking pipe! Then to be sure it doesn't BLOW to give the outer part of the cap another boost of liquid nitrogen! Sure does sound a whole lot better than using a nuclear bomb on the thing! That might even work on the slicks. If they can FREEZE them with the liquid Nitrogen they might be able to break them up & remove them from the ocean like oil iceburgs. If they could reverse the effects of the liquid nitrogen then the oil burgs could still be used. They would NOT want to even try this because after the well is frozen they wouldn't be able to get any oil until the other well is completed!

AHMIR   June 21st, 2010 11:31 am ET

Thank you very much Larry for putting on this much need telethon!

Judy J Heath   June 21st, 2010 9:15 pm ET

Please donate!!! This is our chance to get help to the people with agencies that don't do anything but now is the time my friends!

Jim Strano   June 22nd, 2010 2:05 am ET

Thank you so much for doing the fund raiser tonight. It has been heartbreaking to watch this tragedy unfold and I am so happy to see people coming together to make a difference. It is going to take Billions to clean up this mess but this is a great start! Kudos

Shelby bexley   June 22nd, 2010 3:16 am ET

Hello to everybody out there that is not living this, I get it! I feel bad for you!! I am very sorry for the wildlife that is affected by this disaster, I am very sorry for the eco system this will cause for years to come. It is time to quit blaming BP and let's get together as Americans do... bans together! However, I live and work on the Gulf Coast. Media is killing our industry by showing old footage. It is not that bad at this point. It could, but no one knows. The same media that is trying to raise money for birds. I get it! I am saddened by the loss of life of birds, but I am more saddened by the loss of tourism by the entire gulf coast that affects thousands of PEOPLE!

Shelby bexley   June 22nd, 2010 3:32 am ET

Larry King, your saving efforts needs to be directed to the people who have lost their jobs or will lose their jobs; whether by fishing, restaurants, condos, hotels. gift shops, attractions, whatever... these are the people you need to fight for, The sad thing is is that this is not not a natural disaster like a hurricane, flood, tsunami, earthquake... but it is a disaster of something new to us. We on the gulf coast don't want to point blame... we just want it fixed. Make sure the money you raise in your efforts go to the poeple who are affected in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and now Florida. People make the future and we will take care of the eco system.

Shelby bexley   June 22nd, 2010 3:51 am ET

Wow, I clicked on United Way link from YOUR wesite and got disster relief (me offering help) to Katrina efforts, think you need to update??! I saw nothing on oil disaterthat is current info.

mike agnew   June 22nd, 2010 9:24 pm ET

why cant they put up a screen fence along the coast line to at least slow down the flow of oil on to the beaches .i think it would make a little easier to clean up on both sides .

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