June 21, 2010

Why We're Doing "How You Can Help"

Posted: 07:39 PM ET

CNN’s Larry King Hosts Special 2-Hour Larry King Live Telethon Monday, June 21st from 8 to 10pm Eastern

By Carol Buckland
Larry King Live Sr. Editorial Producer

Before they’re ready to listen to how they can help, a lot of people want to know why they should help.

Generosity in response to natural disasters is one thing. Calls to aid the victims of earthquakes, hurricanes and tsunamis are almost always answered by an outpouring of monetary donations and other kinds of assistance. But when catastrophes are man-made – when there are individuals, corporations, or governments to blame for creating a problem or making it worse – most people expect those responsible to step up and fix the damage they’ve done.

President Obama says the government is holding BP and all other responsible parties “accountable” for what’s become the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history. He also says he’s “absolutely confident” BP will be able to meet its obligations to the Gulf Coast and to the American people.

BP CEO Tony Hayward says his company will “not rest until we make this right.” He also maintains “no resources will be spared.”

The trouble is: Even if these pledges of “accountability” and “making things right” are completely fulfilled, it’s going to take time. And time is something the Gulf Coast is very, very short on right now. Help is needed immediately – if not sooner. And it’s going to keep on being needed for a lot of years.

Philippe Cousteau – grandson of Jacques Cousteau and CEO of EarthEcho International – has been to the Gulf Coast in recent days. He’s witnessed the disaster there, firsthand, including diving down into the oil-contaminated water. He frames the urgency of the Gulf’s need in the context of the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill:

“After the Exxon Valdez event, incidents of domestic violence and suicide rose sharply and this crisis is no different. People and the environment are suffering now. 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…”

It should be noted: Litigation arising from the Exxon Valdez spill took more than two decades to sort out. So long, many of the claimants died before their cases were resolved and the award checks were written.

The United Way (one of the designated beneficiaries of the Larry King Live telethon) reports it’s already seen a “spike” in calls to its 2-1-1 lines in the Gulf and expects the number will keep climbing.

Says United Way’s Worldwide CEO Brian Gallagher: “The situation in the Gulf has created real and immediate needs for families whose livelihoods have been affected. Calls are coming in now for food, rent and utilities assistance.”

Adds United Way spokesperson Sal Fabens: “There are many people whose lives were devastated by Katrina, who were just beginning to rebuild and are now out of work, or somehow traumatized by a major disaster not quite five years later. The impact on lives is enormous and needs like mental health help are already growing quickly.”

The National Wildlife Federation is another designated recipient of the LKL telethon. “Unthinkable” is the word its president and CEO uses to describe the environmental impact of the Gulf oil spill disaster. Larry Schweiger underscores the urgent need for immediate assistance by noting: “This tragedy is unfolding in the heart of spring migration, nesting season and calving season in the open water.”

While the latest tally of the Gulf wildlife dead – 725 birds, 324 sea turtles, 39 mammals – seems astonishingly small, experts warn the huge size of the spill means they probably will never be able to find more than a tiny percentage of the dead animals. There’s also the fear that the cycle of damage is just starting – there may be far worse to come.

A grim hint of that “far worse” may be found in the 20th anniversary Status Report of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council. In that report, the Council – set up to oversee the restoration of the ecosystem of Alaska’s Prince William Sound – lists only 10 of the 31 injured resources and services they monitor as “recovered.” What’s more, the Council says that thousands of gallons of spilled oil still persist in this once pristine area.

Mark Tercek is president and CEO of the Nature Conservancy – the third designated recipient of funds raised by the LKL telethon. He offers this pointed perspective on the national scope of the impact of the Gulf disaster and why it requires an immediate national response: “The Gulf of Mexico is a national treasure that millions of Americans across the country depend on for their livelihoods, food, recreation and inspiration… we need a comprehensive effort to protect and restore the Gulf, one that is built on innovation, collaboration and a shared vision of a healthy and vibrant natural system. We must act on this now. We simply can’t wait another day.”

President Obama has described the Gulf Coast community as “resilient.” According to Kerry Kennedy of the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights, a resident of this community named Louise Bosarge responded to Mr. Obama’s observation this way: “We bounce back. We always bounce back. Bouncing hurts.”

Our immediate assistance in the face of the Gulf oil spill disaster – be it in the form of donating money or supplies, volunteering time, making environmentally responsible choices as consumers or working to raise public and political awareness – won’t heal the hurt right away. But it will help ease it. And it may prevent future pain to our people and our environment.

Filed under: Gulf Oil Spill • How You Can Help • Impact Your World • Larry King Live

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tara   June 18th, 2010 7:57 pm ET

A lot of words but no action. Keep on waiting for BP or the govenment and everything will be dead! God help us!

gg   June 18th, 2010 8:41 pm ET

when the american oil company Occidental Petroleum,s rig exploded in 1988,167 wokers were killed did that company pay for damages just wondering

AGuest9   June 18th, 2010 9:35 pm ET

It's NOT the government's job to fix this!!!!

This is what the conservatives wanted, let them have it. FREE ENTERPRISE!!! YOU make the mess, YOU clean it up!

If they're so disgusted by it, have Rush, Hannity and Beck go down and start slogging around in it...

driester   June 18th, 2010 9:59 pm ET

I am so glad to hear that something is being done for the gulf to help the people and the animals affected by this horrible thing.
Why has nothing been done for the people affected by the mining disaster a few months ago in Virginia and the Appalachian area. This is not the first time the people in this area have had these horrible coal mining disasters, and no body seems to care after the cameras go away. It is amazing that no one goes into the area to help the people improve their way of life ie: education, jobs, medical treatment,food etc.
We are so quick to help others areas in need and it seems we forget our own in this county that need our help.

sharon   June 18th, 2010 10:02 pm ET

If I understood the description of the marathon money handling, it will go through various organizations such as the United Way. Some charities, etc. take as much as 80% or more in administration fees.

I am looking for a method to get 100% of my dollars to a fund for relief of the gull spill. Suggestions are welcome. Thanks.

nature1970   June 18th, 2010 10:06 pm ET

when is the intelligence agency going to turn over the transcripts from the deep horizon rig to houston and houston to baltic sea esp sweden and then you will understand what happen to my ocean till then welcome tornado and hurricane season...

luvsfla   June 18th, 2010 10:11 pm ET

AGuest9-how can you let politics come between doing what's right for the people and wildlife in the Gulf. It doesn't look like BP is able to do this so why should those people continue to suffer? I just hope and pray the government gets over all their red tape and get the job done....don't let this be another Katrina.

kayoto   June 18th, 2010 10:24 pm ET

The Canadian Government just approved BP to drill in Banff and Yellowknife area. Stay tuned for that disaster. Harper has created one economic disaster and I guess he wants another.That's OK him and his pals are gonna walk away with a great pension! Even Tony Hayward is set for life.Just Wonderful

STORYBURNcom   June 18th, 2010 10:50 pm ET

God speed, Larry King, you're a good man

wilson   June 18th, 2010 10:54 pm ET

This is all a hugh load of CRAP. I'm NOT going to give one dime when it's easy to see the solution. There are hundreds of thousands of people out of work... the government should hire them (transport, feed, house, and pay wages) for them to come to the coast and help clean it up. Then the government should bill BP for every cent. Uncle Sam can also offset the wages for everyone affected in the Gulf coast then then bill BP for that too! It might bankrupt BP, but I don't care.

This is not a disaster that calls for donations or free volunteer labor. The unemployed can get off their butts and make money from BP to do the cleanup. It's a no brainer.

wilson   June 18th, 2010 10:58 pm ET

BP has an average income of $40+ million a day from the producing oil wells in the gulf coast. Can you tell me again why you expect the average joe on the street to help pay to clean up this mess? Last I heard, there were a lot of people out of work; are you expecting them to donate money they don't have? Good luck with that.

chris   June 18th, 2010 11:01 pm ET

Its about time our country steps up to help our own. As soon as the disaster in Haiti happened, we had a huge movement of celebs and entertainers doing telethons, etc to raise money. Not saying it wasn't right, god bless those poor souls in Haiti but we need to take care of our own people first! Yes, BP should be held responsible financially and morally to clean this horrific mess up, but there are tens of thousands of people in the gulf region that need help and need it fast. Way to go Larry King!

Oregon   June 18th, 2010 11:06 pm ET

Hi Sharon ~ Sending a check or money order DIRECTLY to the assisting agency and noting on your check/money order exactly HOW you want your donation spent is the best way to go about it; for example – note on your contribution "Medical Supplies for Gulf region Animals," to the National Wildlife Federation, International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council, Louisiana Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Rescue Program/Audubon Nature Institute in New Orleans and others who are helping distressed wildlife...
You can "google" social service agencies who are assisting distressed residents and do the same...

wilson   June 18th, 2010 11:09 pm ET

Instead of having a fund raiser to help BP do what they are obligated to do, I have a better idea. Have a fund raiser to find ways to get off oil once and for all. There are a lot of entrepreneurs who could use funding to get their ideas to market. I'd rather donate to a cause that will get rid of oil consumption than helping a multi-billion dollar company clean up a mess they caused.

curtis   June 18th, 2010 11:27 pm ET

Only the people that wan't to meter and charge for energy are the one's that should have to get any oil on them.

Not This Time   June 18th, 2010 11:36 pm ET

No more. Period. Enough is enough!
Put Tony Hayward in jail. Garnish his wages. Attach his bank accoun.ts Make BP sell off its assets. Change the system of corruption that will let these wanton criminals get off scot free.

It's time to stop giving corporations the rights of human beings. They should not be getting due process that allows them to stall and evade responsibility for their carelessness. Make them pay up first, and then let them take their cries for reimbursement to court and let them wait twenty years to get their money, if they ever do.

This do-gooder telethon is an insult. You're asking people who are, very likely, already in dire financial straits to cover BP's screw up. The idea makes me livid–and it should make everyone else livid, too. It may not be tax money, but the people being solicited are taxpayers, so ultimately BPs promise that it won't cost taxpayers anything is a lie; a semantic trick.

This telethon is nothing more than putting a guilt trip on people who have already taken enough of a beating at the hands of greedy corporations.
I have a suggestion: Why don't you just take contributions that are over $1 million? How many rich CEOs and company presidents do you think will call in?
I'll bet you a dollar that the number is ZERO...and that's all I can afford.

Carol Bourke   June 18th, 2010 11:39 pm ET

HI Larry and fellow reporters,

I, like millions of your other viewers, am getting more distraught about the Gulf of Mexico oil spill each day that passes.
I have recently heard about the companies talked about includes a documentary by The Texas General Land Office on successful Bioremediation used to reverse the damage oil spills have caused in the Gulf of Mexico in the past! Will you please use your investigative reporting powers to look into what this link is claiming? This news NEEDS to get to the decision makers holding the fate of the Gulf of Mexico in their hands. Thank you, Carol Bourke

aldebaran   June 18th, 2010 11:51 pm ET

thank you, larry–this is a great idea–let's not wait for bp to drag their heels and then do a lousy job after being pushed and pushed. it's our gulf–our citizens–i think it shows we have courage to do what's right ourselves and are not helplessly waiting on others–even if they are the perps–and i am sure they will pay for this–but litigation takes time and that is what we don't have–can't wait 20 years for the bp stalling tactics to wind through the courts here in usa and in uk–can you imagine how long it will take if left to bp.

also really like the idea to fund a way to get us off oil dependency and support/encourage/market new technologies for alternative energy sources like solar.

rise up americans and show bp and the world how to do it right!

Steve   June 18th, 2010 11:51 pm ET

1. My tax dollars are going to support the effort, and 2. the cleanup should be paid for by BP.

Larry Martin   June 19th, 2010 12:02 am ET

Larry i would love to help out how can i help? im not working rite now. but i would love to help out down ther in the golf. im in Wv, Can you give me an idea of what i can do?

Larry Martin   June 19th, 2010 12:06 am ET

i buy dawn dishwashing liqid and and post the bottle number on ther site. is this helping with the wild life? i would like to know? but i would like to do more.

Thomas   June 19th, 2010 12:57 am ET

I would help with the marshlands, but BP would have to compensate me for my time and effort and any losses to health and wellbeing I might suffer. Everyone wants to jump on BP, but the truth is, we're all to blame. This is the result of us continuing to sit back and let our politicians and corporations do as they please. The answer here is to stop being apathetic. We work hard and play hard, but we are afraid of change and yet that's the easiest thing to do. Everyone says change is hard, but truthfully the world and everything in is in constant motion changing all the time. Even we change constantly, but we fight very hard, even to the death to stay the same, to stay the course. If something seems like its working, we don't want it to change. But we must change or we will lose everything we have and leave nothing for the next generation. Imagine being the grandparent of a child who looks at you and blames you for the red sky and the brown water and for not being able to go outside without a mask. This could be within our life time. I used to be one of the bad guys who didn't think about it because I thought it wouldn't affect me in my life time, but it is. Wake up America and smell the fumes in the air.

Smith in Oregon   June 19th, 2010 1:16 am ET

Exploding yet another Republican Lie and Crass Distortion of the Truth!

From day one the Republican-Tea Potty leaders and their zombie members have been bashing President Obama over not accepting foreign aid oil skimming vessels which lease for 500,000 dollars per day. What those Potty mouths weren't telling the American people was that BP was putting off paying for those and President Obama didn't want the American taxpayers footing the bill early on in the clean-up.

Imagine the surprise and their resulting utter silence when of ALL the foreign country's in the entire world, Only MEXICO offered vessels and containment booms for FREE.

Yes, FREE despite the fact that Mexico is largely a poor country, despite Republican Tea Potty mouths are bashing Mexico 24/7, passing the horrific anti-Hispanic State Immigration law in Arizona and threatening to deport Hispanic infants in baskets to be left on the border for Mexico to deal with!

Free, despite the recent murder of a young Mexican boy skimming rocks across the Rio Grande river, shot dead by a US Border Control agent in a act of revenge, Mexico offered all of its vessels, containment booms and materials for FREE!

Britain, Russia (US Aid 70.5 Million), China (US Aid 30.6 Million), Israel (US Aid 3 Billion), France, Kenya (US Aid 35 Million), Vietnam (US Aid 102 Million), Romania (US Aid 50,000), Croatia (US Aid 50,000) all either close allies to America or having received aid from America for emergency's in either 2008 or 2009 in the total amount shown above ALL demanded money from either the American taxpayers or BP before releasing the 'help' they offered.

Perhaps now that President Obama had the strength and courage to stand up to BP and demand a 20 Billion dollar escrow account, the 'help' from those pseudo-friends offering their vessels and oil containment booms for inflated prices can be accepted!

Dennis   June 19th, 2010 1:54 am ET

The whole idea of having a telethon to raise money to assist bp financially is absurd. Why not give this money directly to any unemployed person who comes down for cleanup that bp refuses to pay. Bottom line, bp caused the mess so they should promply pay for all involved including reimbursing the tax payees for all govt expenses incurred in cleaning up the mess and stopping the leak or forfeit every asset to the us govt right now, then go home. All should be livid and insulted that Larry king is doing any good. This is like an apology to bp, which is equally absurd.

Sherry   June 19th, 2010 2:30 am ET

I understand the anger, but how about helping because it's the right thing to do? We help out–good people just do it.

Anyway, any amount that individuals give to help the people and the wildlife in the gulf areas will not put a dent in the amount needed to recover from this disaster. You won't be cutting in on any help that BP should do because there is PLENTY of need to go around.

How about helping out of the goodness of your heart because you know there are people and wildlife that won't be able to hold out long enough to get help from the red tape of BP claims? Or because you would be grateful if someone helped you along the way?

Just saying, think about it, please. Put yourself in their shoes, and thank God you aren't, but help out if you can.

Brad   June 19th, 2010 3:21 am ET

If you want your money to get straight to the people in the gulf that need it with a hundred percent of it delivered. Then throw it in the gulf where the rig sank. The currents will take it to them. Don't worry about BP getting it, they can't keep up with the oil gusher and its worth more than any money thrown in the gulf. They burned 2 million gallons of oil in just one spot in a single day!

gulf coast girrrl   June 19th, 2010 6:44 am ET

We are not begging for handouts down here. Whenever any man-made disaster happened elsewhere in the US, we pulled together to do our part regardless of how it happened. The gulf-coast fishing communities are made up up generations of shrimpers, fishermen, and oystermen. They are generally poor working-class, under-educated people who have known nothing but the coastal way of life. We have always been resilient people who have rebuilt time after time after hurricanes, but this new threat could permenantly destroy this way of life. Most of the coastal communities such as Bayou La Batre, Coden, Fish River have large concentrations of Asian immigrants whose sole income is from the waters surrounding Mobile and Baldwin counties. I'm not too partial on feeling sorry for the rental agencies that are losing business, but they need income too so I can't exclude them. Most of us feel helpless as we watch the beautiful sugar white beaches that our grandparents and parents grew up with become ghost towns overnight. It's sad that I may not be able to ever again feel the sun hit my face or the sand caress my toes. It's not about taking hard-earned money away from US citizens that are still recovering from the recession; it's about extending your support and compassion to your neighbors. It can be something as simple as donating to the Red Cross or purchasing an item with the proceeds going to the Alabama Audubon Society. We're all in this great country together so let's help each other out 🙂

gg   June 19th, 2010 7:00 am ET

quit electing corpperate owned politicians and things will change

Ted   June 19th, 2010 7:52 am ET

Watching "Teflon" Tony Hayward speaking to the congressmen, I knew we cannot trust him and should not believe a word he says!!

Mr. President, you are responsible to and for the people of the USA, nobody else, certainly not for a giant foreigh company that did more damage to our country than anybody else in history.
BP must pay for all damages caused by this accident!!
It is clear now, that contrary to the advise of their own engineers, the company decided to use a less safe method to save money and time, taking into account an oil spill we have.
Now they must pay the consequences.

Dainger   June 19th, 2010 7:54 am ET

I'm from St. Bernard, we went through Katrina and now this, I lost my home with 14 feet of water. This will be much worse and our goverment is sitting on their hands. I guess they have the mentality of Aguest9

Larry   June 19th, 2010 8:43 am ET


You want to make sure 100% of your donation goes toward Gulf aid? That's easy, get off your computer, come down and HELP! Money is good, but manpower and actual help at the source of the problem is 100x more valuable right now. We can't soak up oil with dollar bills!

Mary Bast   June 19th, 2010 8:45 am ET

I do feel sad about the marine life affected by oil spill and as i read the Bible i very clearly see the prophecies coming true. I want the world to wake up to reality and to begin to understand the truth. What are you living for ?
What do you want in and from life?
What wil you or are giving back?
Mind you you just have one day to live, how you spend your one day, i mean today, Planning for tomoorow?
Live for today my friends beacuse you dont know what's going to happen in next moment

I am not just talking but i m always trying to help people around me. and now i want you to understand life....Lets come together in love, understanding, help and gentleness towards one another. And the big problems will become small .....................think over these things.

Gary McKenzie   June 19th, 2010 8:55 am ET

Playing politics or threatening lawsuits against BP is a waste of time when we have no time to waste here. We must listen to T.Boone Pickens who says we'll have plenty of time to decide who is wrong AFTER we stop the oil disaster.

Contrarian   June 19th, 2010 9:38 am ET

1. Why was every politician and the governments so happy when BP was making huge profits and paying taxes. Did they ever apply common sense and say, hey, a company cannot make so much profit so consistently and we need to find out more or inspect them more. Remember Madoff.

2. What if BP had no emails which showed all the screw ups inside the company and what if they did not have safety violations. Would BP still be a bad company.

3. What happens to all the businesses which are getting benefited by this oil spill. If the tourists are not going to the oil affected places, are they going some where else for vacations. Are those people paying any extra taxes.

4. There were lot of people who got laid off because of financial disaster. There were lot of people who got laid off after Vioxx scandal. Did they get paid their full salary because of the negligence of the corporate companies.

5. When we willfully want corporations to take risk and willfully pollute the environment (we are all mini BPs), why is it that we all think that if we dump enough money, life will come back to normalcy. Why should it come back to normalcy, if the normalcy itself is not in line with what nature wants.

6. Personally I would think, BP should be held accountable, but should be asked to build Schools or Universities where education is free for all of the affected people. They should set a rule which says, they can go to school to get additional degrees, certificates etc and get a minimum of C or B grade and they will be paid their full salary which they were making before.

IgnoranceNeverDies   June 19th, 2010 9:42 am ET

I hope this money goes directly towards helping with supplies for helping to take care of the wildlife and beach cleanup. Enough with cynical talk. The Gulf will never be the same again. Ever. President Obama did the right thing by opening up an escrow account yet the GOP wants the public to pay for the spill?? They apologize to BP on national television?? Sorry GOP - you are dead wrong on this. I won't be voting GOP this time.

tabu   June 19th, 2010 10:03 am ET

It's too bad that people like Guest19 have made this political. All people use gas and oil to heat drive cars etc. Conservatives and liberals live in these harmed states. We can send billions to help foreign countries but little help for our own. Innocent creatures sent to their deaths as well as humans trying to earn a living.

Mr. Man   June 19th, 2010 10:22 am ET

The government should impose a temporary 5.00 per gallon gas tax on everyone to get money to pay for this disaster. After the clean up is completed, everyone can send in their gas receipts and be cut a check from BP.

brian   June 19th, 2010 10:26 am ET

I think this event is misguided – BP must be help responsible for this. We should use our own money to buy electric cars and reduce our own energy dependencies. This telethon is a nice idea but will prove to be a miseralbe failure-BP has literally hunderds of BILLIONS of dollars they must be held accountable NOW WITHOUT DELAY

Tommelchen70   June 19th, 2010 10:36 am ET

I find it mind-boggling that it is even being suggested that private individuals should contribute to clean up the mess made by private companies drilling for oil. These companies have earned up to $10 BILLION in a QUARTER, including BP, who earned $10 billion in the third quarter in 2008.

Why on Earth should anyone but these multinational corporations be held accountable for accidents resulting from their endless quest for more oil and higher profits? Why have ALL these companies never been forced to pay into a fund that is set aside for just such an eventuality? They churn out more profits than any other industry but do their best to avoid any responsibility for cleaning up disasters resulting from their operations.

As usual the US government has also proven itself incapable of placing the culpability in the hands of the oil multis and refuses to foist any type of regulation or restrictions upon them that would automatically make the companies financially responsible for their own man-made catostrophes. Perhaps it is time for the government to do what it is supposed to do and perhaps the morons screaming for "hands-off" governance should consider that an emasculated government is incapable of fulfilling its purpose.

helen anderson   June 19th, 2010 10:43 am ET

when will we get all of these diasters paid for? i donated for hati i donated for idol gives back and katrina my heart goes out to everything! when are we gonna fix what is wrong with this world!!! its all about greed and oil, what about the average joe who is helping him? we have messed with mother nature for too long and we are paying dearly! the ocean is thing of beauty something to respect and enjoy and not that has ruined for us! i grew up around water and have always lived close i want that back!

luvsfla   June 19th, 2010 10:49 am ET

I thought the telethon was to help Gulf Coast residents and animals. They are hurting right now. This should not be happening!!!

I say let BP stop the spill. Let Americans protect OUR COASTS. We have the genius out there, we just need to stop being told by BP what we can do in our own country. Then........SEND THE BILL TO BP!

I applaud the community of Magnolia Springs, AL. They are protecting what's theirs, and don' t they have have the right to?

I'm so sick of hearing about brilliant ideas that seem to be being ignored as more and more of our marshlands are being destroyed and local officials are being told that it has to be approved by BP. I thought we won our FREEDOM from British rule hundreds of years ago.

Let Governors Jindal, Barber, Riley and Crist protect their states. Help them.......don't hamper them. I don't think voters in any of those states voted for BP as their elected officials.....I know I voted for Governor Crist.

Mary vegan in illinois   June 19th, 2010 10:57 am ET

I will give to telethon as long as i know my money is going to help the wildlife ONLY!! Those workers knew what they were getting theirselves into when they chose that career path!! The only inocent victims ,is the wildlife!! The fisherman damage the fragile ecosystem every time they go out there!!Their shrimp tralling captures by-catch such as endangered sea turtles and fish liine kills sea birds!! NO MORE OFF SHOE DRILLING!! We waste money on space research,when we don't even know what creatures are 1000-2000 feet under are seas????????

Steven M.   June 19th, 2010 10:59 am ET

@driester: Granted the mining accident in Montcoal, West Virginia was an event that required extensive assistance, but, PLEASE! What on earth about that accident would cause you to expect government and public assistance to go into the area to "HELP THE PEOPLE IMPROVE THEIR WAY OF LIFE" in the areas of EDUCATION, JOBS, AND FOOD??? Why not extend to them more liberal credit assistance so that they might all be driving Cadillac Escalades and have the ablity to shop at more "upscale" stores besides their local Walmart? Medical assistance, emergency rescue and counseling....THAT is what the urgent need was, and that is EXACTLY what they got.

Runemout   June 19th, 2010 11:10 am ET

Everyone has forgotten that the relief wells aren't a guaranteed success! Hate to be negative, but is there another plan if they fail also? I've not heard of one.

bob   June 19th, 2010 11:18 am ET

American People should not pay one cent to anyone nor donate!
Not this time friends!
It disgusts me to even be asked this time!

Mary vegan in illinois   June 19th, 2010 11:53 am ET

One other thought DAWN dish soap is made by Proctor and Gambel who ironically tests on live animals!!

bryan   June 19th, 2010 1:47 pm ET

this is misguided BS. I would rather personally pay for a plane load of lawyers to fly to the gulf and represent victims and the environment against BP than bail them out with my own money. I don't care what Bono and George Clooney have to say about these types of situations anymore. Celebrity distractions don't help these situations and I think this is a huge mistake that Larry King should really consider not attaching his good name to.

Will S   June 19th, 2010 2:30 pm ET

BP's mess, BP's problem. My net worth isn't $100 billion, so I don't see why I should pay until BP is out of money.

Bob B   June 19th, 2010 2:33 pm ET

So, from the comments I have read we are to let the fisherman oyster man and shrimpers live with no money . Because BP has caused this. Have you no compassion for the peoples of the Gulf? We send money to Hati and other places that have disasters, why not the Gulf. The Red Cross and CRS should be on this. Yes it is BP's fault, but are we to let the people wait because the check is in the mail???

Anders Kullenberg   June 19th, 2010 2:39 pm ET

I have suggested BP and US Coast Guard to use a tested method
to circumscribe and concentrate widely spread oilspill. I have tested
such a method and three weeks ago I informed BP and US Coast
Guard about the method . The only response I received to my
information was information about how many proposals they got and
that they are classifiing the suggested course of action. Looking at
CNN and BBC I have not seen the use of my tested method. I am
astonished about the classifiing. Why do they not give priority to
not known but already tested method?

joseph cecil smith   June 19th, 2010 5:42 pm ET

BP is the responsible party, so they should pay the bills, but they are clearly unable and unwilling to do the cleanup and response fast enough, or to the scale needed to protect the USA from this oil-bomb-volcano unleashed on our gulf coast. Obama needed to use outside-the-playbook thinking for this 3am phone call.. he totally blew it.. i voted for him, but i wish the govt would use all the latent capacities it has, could easily have just listened to the news to get 5 or 10 BEST ideas and put them IMMEDIATELY to use, WOULD HAVE SAVED HUNDREDS OF MILES OF COASTLINE.. but instead, they only use dispersant under to hide the oil, and there it waits, for hurricane season to wash it ashore and confront the steadfast lies of BP and the Govt. inept politicians. Jindal would have acted faster, smarter.. and i'm no republican, but he's got the right urgency, it's not about anger, it's about smart fiercely effective response in times of crisis. Obama is too smart for the job.

Alex   June 19th, 2010 5:58 pm ET

I wouldn't donate a cent or volunteer any of my time. I feel for the people affected but BP should be responsible for 100% of the costs and labor. Private donations are only helping BP by reducing the reparations they'll be dishing out.

Elle   June 19th, 2010 6:10 pm ET

Half of the people polled said they wouldn't donate time or money to help. That's amazing. I understand it's not the responsibility of Americans, but I live down here and I can tell you, NOTHING IS BEING DONE BY ANYONE ELSE. Maybe it's time for people to start HELPING because it's the RIGHT THING TO DO, not because they have to.

circe43   June 19th, 2010 6:12 pm ET

You all are a bit funny since it ain't your shores. Can't wait to see what you'll say when you can't get no shrimp, oysters, fish and other deletable s from our Gulf. NICE...Political statements all, but where's the help folks? You love to moan and whine but you don't want to help...even NICER...sheesh...

MyCoast   June 19th, 2010 6:15 pm ET

1. Yes, BP should pay.
2. I live 2 miles from the beach in Mississippi and I can tell you if we WAIT for BP to step up IT WILL BE TOO LATE.
Everything is DYING. The "clean-up crews" from BP work less than 3 hours a day. WE CANNOT KEEP WAITING FOR BP. It's time for average American people to step up, donate time or money, and HELP not only the people of the coast, again, but the environment. If you want a real view of what is going on, YouTube videos from Grand Isle, LA or Venice LA, and the people there can show you how bad it really is.

jeff   June 19th, 2010 6:34 pm ET

i have question ?? 1. why does it seem harder to fix a oil leak under the ocean than it does on land ?? 2 doesnt the oil companies use the same equiptment on land as they do on the ocean ?? 3 if they had a oil spill or say a explosion on the land that caused a oil spill like the one they have in mexico .. wouldnt they call in people too put out the fire and say replace the oil head the one that has a shut off valve on it .. so why cant they do the same thing in the ocean they could shut off the oil and not have so much comeing out and they could hook a hose to the top and finish pumping off the oil with out makeing it so hard to do .. its so simple ....

Christopher Harrison   June 19th, 2010 7:11 pm ET

I've already paid to help out via my federal taxes. The government should have taken over immediately and billed BP afterwards.

Pamela   June 19th, 2010 7:22 pm ET

I don't know why people have to have BP's permission or the Federal government to clean their coast. Bp knew that to cut cost-they were going to force the people to clean the coast up themselves. My I report stated just that some 6 weeks agao. I know how these money grubbing greedy vultures are. I know the game and I also know how the Feds work. Obama waited too long but then that should have not been the deterrant for people to take action. Everybody was worried who was going to spend the money. Has that 20 billion transferred yet? PB will try to hold it up aS LONG AS POSSIBLE

sailorgirl8   June 19th, 2010 7:38 pm ET

I totally agree with wilson. The governrnment should hire people to help clean it up and then bill BP for their wages. Puts people to work, cleans up the mess and BP still pays. BP has said no workers or volunteers without hazmat training. Its been more than two months, the entire country could have been trained by now. They are more worried about getting sued if someone gets hurts.

nina1fox   June 19th, 2010 9:17 pm ET

@ Elle

I find that not only usual but hard to believe. I am sure you are stating the facts; however, I not only contributed a sizable sum I also signed up to volunteer.

Betty   June 19th, 2010 10:50 pm ET

Is it possible to watch Monday's I"Disaster in the Gulf" Telethon – live online??

Betty   June 19th, 2010 11:16 pm ET

Dear lord, people. If your mother, or brother, or friend or neighbor lost their home, lost everything, and had to wait months before their claim was settled, would you not offer them a place to stay? Or, at the least, buy them a bag of groceries? Or would you say, "Sorry, not my responsibility."

These people need help now! The wildlife that is dying needs help now! Ten dollars is too much to ask of you? Even without this horrible disaster, we should already be donating to these organizations for all the good they do!

I commend Larry King and all the people helping to put on this telethon. And I commend the organizations that are scrambling to help the people and animals in the region Yes, BP should be held responsible, but help is needed now. Again, we should already be donating to these organizations.

Odarri Lewis   June 19th, 2010 11:45 pm ET

A Possible Solution

Hi Mr. King, I am a high school student attending East-West School of International Studies. I am concerned with the issue of this oil leak, and pose a solution.

With the oil the leak in it's current status there is a few this we can do, after hearing Obama's address not too long ago, and with the knowledge that Bp is making another oil establishment that will take very long, some time in August.

My solution to this problem is to, not just put, or try to put another pipe over the pooling out oil which leads nowhere but on top of the water, but to make a temporary establishment like a small establishment to pump the oil in, and have a constant circuit of boats going around and around to collect oil from the establishment just till BP can get their bigger oil establishment over that one.

I see that the issue is a serious one, and I am watching now the oil being release from the ocean floor live. It's not good sight knowing that the oceanic life is being negatively affected and as well as fishing industries. The worst possible aftermath could be that, the oil travels internationally, spreading our failure around.

With my greatest aptitude I hope that this issue is dissolved soon.
And with that, BP should think about making new model of establishment and more of them to replace ones that are in need of repair/removal.
My best regards

paul lewis   June 20th, 2010 12:07 am ET

SMALL People? Some people Should look in the mirror!!

mere   June 20th, 2010 12:34 am ET

This is so frustrating... I just have to get this out. Let me first say THANK YOU to EVERYONE who is helping out in whatever way possible. I live in Plaquemines Parish, La... where all of this began.

What yall see in the news is usually not the entire truth. First off, the fisherman, etc are busting their behinds working in one way or another to clean this up... FOR FREE. There is A LOT of red tape in getting an actual "job" cleaning up the oil spill. But, the people who were truly impacted DIRECTLY by this are out there on hands and knees doing whatever they can. Trust me please everyone, we are not all sitting around waiting on a hand out.

My family lost everything in Katrina. We rebuilt on our own... no fema, no govt, and the insurance we PAY for screwed us royally. Pretty much half of my family is in the oilfield... so this is going to get us too... and I just want you to know from the bottom of my heart we ALL truly appreciate your help, prayers, thoughts, and kind words.

Thanks again.

Sam   June 20th, 2010 1:46 am ET

I have sent to you about an important and real solution which I dnt know how BP ddnt try it to gather and collect the gushing oil before it defused into the ocean and spread around. This is solution in my openion is costing less what they re doing right now. To prepare this soluation it willl take about a week in my beleive and to start collecting the oil it could be done the week after. This solution if they try it it was going to gather all the oil from the very begining. Please send to my email the phone no which I can call you on Monday" how you can help" so that I talk with you about it. I m sure this solution will help but it needed to be discussed with the persons in charge.
Thanks and I hope you will answer me this time.

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   June 20th, 2010 3:38 am ET

Yes, let the Government and BP fight this one out. Meanwhile, the little people will try and pick up the pieces and do the best they can with what they've got and all the while holding their breath.

Sherry   June 20th, 2010 3:56 am ET

Larry, I wish I could go down there and help, believe me! But, I cannot walk and having major surgery in a couple weeks, so my two years of being "out of commission" so to speak will be about six months longer if this surgery works. All I can do is donate. Sorry..I would go in a heartbeat if I could! I envy the people who can.

Diana   June 20th, 2010 4:10 am ET

I hope those whom wouldn't consider helping because it's someone else's fault never gets into a critical situation in life where you need help to survive, but all those around you refuse because they didn't cause your crisis. How do you sleep at night? You all should take a course in empathy and pray you never need any help in your own life.

Ubuntu   June 20th, 2010 7:30 am ET

Get SOPHIE B. HAWKINS on your telethon. She has been doing so much to bring awareness to what's happening on the Gulf. She has a great song out "The Land, the Sea, and The Sky" and all proceeds from it go directly to the Waterkeeper Alliance which is aiding the Gulf recovery effort. Sophie has already inspired many to donate and act, she would be a great addition to your telethon broadcast

gg   June 20th, 2010 9:19 am ET

go to the real cause of this disaster, who deregulated the industry, who allowed the rigs to drill 50 miles of the coast with no plan in place if there was accident,i should use the word when, it was only a matter of time the more cars on the highway the more chance of a accident,who more or less shut down the gov, agencie responsable.

sridt   June 20th, 2010 9:47 am ET

Asking King of The Jew for Help. is only natural thing to day when we run out of answer to our problem. My sympathy to your problem and i will pray about it hopefully it not even worst is yet to come as the saying goes.

concerned   June 20th, 2010 9:47 am ET

Please have Sammy Kershaw on the telethon! He lives in Louisiana and is passionate about the state and all of the people of Louisiana. He is also a great entertainer! I loved seeing him on your show. He is truly the one man that can speak for the people of Louisiana because he is one of us and his care and concern is genuine and heartfelt. America needs to see him speak for the people in Louisiana, not just the celebrities who don't live here.

luvsfla   June 20th, 2010 10:08 am ET

Don't let your anger towards BP and or the government keep you from helping those in need........the residents and animals of the Gulf Coast. I'm excited about the telethon and only wish it had happened sooner. This doublel whammy of Katrina and now the Gulf oil spill is almost unimagineable.

The people of the Gulf Coast are strong, brave, admired and very much loved. As part of our American family, we need to help them in this time of need. They can't and shouldn't have to do this alone!

Betty   June 20th, 2010 12:40 pm ET

@ concerned – Actually, some of the celebrities are from Louisiana, like Harry Connick, Jr. and Ian Somerhalder. I found out about the telethon from Ian Somerhalder's twitter posting. He has been very heartbroken, passionate and outspoken about this gulf disaster and has been in Louisiana helping out as much as he can.

Texas   June 20th, 2010 1:36 pm ET

Thank you Larry 2-1-1 daily helps families across the country locate food pantries, medical care, and much more.

Diane   June 20th, 2010 2:54 pm ET

I just hope that a telethone of mass size doesn't cut back the amount of money that BP and Transocean should be putting in for the clean up and the losses of the individuals who have suffered from this careless oil spill.

Deb   June 20th, 2010 4:50 pm ET

Great, all the money is going to the "big" charities that already have millions of dollars and probably million dollar salaries for only giving away probably 80% of the money raised. What about my rescue group? We are the little guys that are actually out "in the trenches" rescuing these animals in 90 degree heat, chasing them for hours because they don't know we're trying to help them, exposing ourselves to dangerous animals and situations. We're the ones that need the financial assistance, not the National Wildlife Federation or the Nature Conservancy. Yes, they do great things with awareness and trying to lobby for stricter laws and stuff, but what about the little groups like the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge that works harder trying to raise money than it does to save all these animals. Find us on Facebook to learn how to help us.

steve   June 20th, 2010 7:50 pm ET

This is not "an oil spill" nor is it "in the gulf." All of the oceans are connected, and so, there is only one ocean. And at this rate, or, if it gets any worse, it has a chance of killing the life in that Ocean. Does anybody doubt that a dead ocean means that all humans on earth are part of the last generation with a life support system? How are you going to get through it if the Ocean dies? The Oceans are truly the "lungs of the world" – we depend on the Ocean not just for seafood, but for the air we breathe. This is an unprecedented screw-up and all the assets of BP can't make it right.

Everybody Understand: this is what happens when The Corporations own the government. How are we going to reign them in? They exist ostensibly at our behest and for our benefit... but they have become a cancer.

HB   June 20th, 2010 11:09 pm ET

As a Gulf Coast resident and native I want to say thank you to Larry King and CNN for holding this fundraiser. I think people believe that BP and the government will take care of this, but as tara said if we wait for BP and the government everything will be dead! I have personally volunteered to help with the clean up, and I have been told that my help is not needed. I have heard many similar stories from people here on the Gulf Coast of individuals trying to help only to be turned away. Of course we have also turned away foreign help; the Dutch were ready to assist within days of the explosion. With the environmental and economic devastation that we are facing here I am surprised by the lack of concern and action. So I am very happy to see the support and coverage we are receiving from CNN. I also would like to thank Anderson Cooper who has also been great in getting our area much needed publicity.

Lori on the coast - mississippi   June 20th, 2010 11:32 pm ET

To the awful opponents of the telethon in the string:
You all drive cars, you all elect your officials, you all eat seafood. BP is not doing the job. period. We have a right to protect our shoreline, and the people who are suffering are much more than fishermen. Everyone in the interconnected economy suffers. Even nurses, grocery store clerks, yoga instructors, – you name it, they all suffer. And many will not be able to pay their bills, but won't really have a claim that BP deems legitimate. It's complicated, it's deep, it's a very long road.
Please ask yourself if it was the people of Pebble Beach or Nantucket, instead of Louisiana who were affected, would you feel differently?

ART   June 21st, 2010 12:02 am ET

What a stupid poll? Why would we want to help BP? Did they help any of us when gas was $4.50 a gallon?

Betty   June 21st, 2010 12:24 am ET

@ Art – you're not helping BP! (Actually, you're not helping anybody by the sound of it.) Your post makes no sense at all. This is about helping real people, real wildlife, our (America's) ecosystem! Helping them now and for decades to come. READ the article, and ALL the comments before posting such nonsense.

Betty   June 21st, 2010 12:26 am ET the way, I'm not from Louisiana, I live in California, but I am still incredibly angry and heartbroken by what is happening in that beautiful region. I wish I could do more to help.

Brandon   June 21st, 2010 1:52 am ET

So I just took the poll about if "I would donate time or money to help clean up the spill or not". Out of 210,000 votes 49% said no but they want to sit here and b*tch about how bad it is and to boycott BP but they won't do anything about the disaster? You people are ridiculous, and you call yourselves Americans? You're nothing but whinny babies who deserve nothing from this country if you won't step in and help when it's in need

Lone   June 21st, 2010 5:49 am ET

You dont have to be in the Gulf of Mexico to help Betty. There is that nice Texas-sized island of trash floating just off shore in the Pacific.

On topic though, I see no long term resolution. Memories are years short of focus and in a few months it'll be out of sight-out of mind for the majority of the country. BP, for all that is right in squeezing it of its sum worth to fix this problem, has the privilege of being one of those too big to fail. Any other sized business or individual without deep backroom ties would have been ground into extinction on contact. Exxon still operates and fights to avoid its northern responsibilities decades after the fact once the initial flare up had died down.

Fast forward the extraction of the full bill from those that created the problem though willful negligence and then ask for help. Otherwise it is a farce and as per usual the public sympathy dollar gets finagled to foot the true bill. And people talk about rising up over small peanut police aggression when their own environment is being killed off under their feet.

truthiness   June 21st, 2010 9:16 am ET

Why should I give a penny to these people who've been voting against clean energy for the past decade? 95% of the people affected have been calling me and my President names and screwing up the country so guess what? Enjoy your oil bath and your poverty.

I just don't care about you.

kargo   June 21st, 2010 9:53 am ET

I'm conservative and I say let BP pay for cleanup and get it done. Let the gov't police it to make sure it gets done right.

I think BP should also pay for the lost resources that will never be recovered....oil, wildlife, etc. If it bankrupts them, tough luck, that's the risk of business.

Sue   June 21st, 2010 10:08 am ET

While I empathize with those in the Gulf, what about all of the other Americans who have been unemployed for over a year and losing everything......who has stepped up to help them? Certainly NOT the Corporations that laid them off!

ralph   June 21st, 2010 10:46 am ET

The people donated hundreds of millions for Haiti, where did all that money go. Those poor people are not getting new housing yet. Nothing is done, except tent cities, no health care, and food is difficult to find. Why should we now donate to the Oil Spill, because we cannot be sure the people that need the funds will get any.
Lets get transparent and show where all our donations go. I don't think we should continue to donate funds when the people of Haiti has not had help yet. Most likely all the money went to the crooked government of Haiti, since the US government is in bed with that government.

Deb Reinwald   June 21st, 2010 11:26 am ET

My daughter, who is a mammalogist, environmental and wildlife biologist with a Master's Degree and who is trained also in hazardous materials, along with her fiance, (who is also an environmental biologist, herpetologist and trained in hazardous materials, called and volunteered to donate two weeks of time to help clean up wildlife and the wetlands....and they were turned down!

It is amazing to me that they can turn down qualified and educated volunteers while still pleading their case to the public. I am sure there are other volunteers being turned away–some less and some more qualified. Can they really afford the luxury of such arrogance?

angela   June 21st, 2010 11:38 am ET

What is wrong with some of you????? The Gulf & the wildlife needs our help despite who is to blame! Any and all help is needed and is necessary. Stop thinking about yourselves and think about others for once. Our lanscape is changing because of greed. Innocent wildlife is suffocating from the oil and from the garbage and man-made problems. The earth is all we have and it's up to ALL OF US to take care of it NOT destroy it.

tstanley   June 21st, 2010 11:42 am ET

I don't understand why I should donate to any of this. BP should pay the entire bill! If the United Way has increased counseliing costs, BP should be billed.

mmsmadness   June 21st, 2010 11:45 am ET

Why doesn't anyone point at least a small bit of this blame on the government and its Minerals Management Service (MMS)? Doesn't the fact that this department is/was completely in bed with big oil make them somewhat liable for this mess. If they would of done there job and stood up to big oil maybe this rig would of never became a disaster in the first place. The government can hand out billions of dollars to crooks on wall street, but can't fork over billions to the hard hit people of the gulf.

I feel BP should shoulder most of the bill for this mess, but I also believe Trans Ocean, the makers of the Blow Out preventer, and the government need to take on some of the financial burden as well.

Debbie   June 21st, 2010 11:55 am ET

It's sad but how do we justify who to help and who not to help? I lost my airline job immediately after 9-11. Seventeen years and unemployed within 3 days. Yes, I received unemployment which was a small amount of what I was previously earning. That's what unemployment is for and why we pay in to that fund. Can't these fishermen and businesses that have to shut down get unemployment also? Then they need to find a new job or new profession as I had to do. Where does it end? You will not be "made whole", but sustained until you learn a new trade or get a new job.

Barb   June 21st, 2010 12:15 pm ET

The folks who are going to receive these funds and their political leaders are screaming for a resumption of off-shore drilling. Is the idea to tide them over until they can go back to work on the drilling platforms or at the supply companies that service these rigs? Should the rest of the country start putting money away for the next telethon after the next disaster? I'm sorry, but it's hard to justify support to folks who have been "victims" of an industry when as "victims" they want to have that industry back up and running as soon as possible. And this disaster was created by an industry, not one single company. Remember every company questioned at the congressional hearings had the same ERP – evidence that they have the same attitude and motivation.

This disaster was preventable – it was also predictable. This was going to happen, it was just a matter of when. And by the sounds of things it is going to happen again if the politicians of the Gulf Coast get their way.

StormCloud   June 21st, 2010 12:20 pm ET

to truthiness

I would love nothing more than for you to be dropped directly into the middle of the oil spill and see how long you would survive!!!!.

Shame on you for your ignorance and lack of compassion!!!

Rachel   June 21st, 2010 12:33 pm ET

My heart goes out to all the families and animals down there. Send me an address of a person down there and I would donate directly to them. These entertainers asking for our money (which our taxes will be helping pay for things) and where does it go. Haiti and Katrina fundraisers raised millions and millions, yet look at the state that both areas are STILL in. Where did all that money go? So please tell me why I should send my money to this fundraiser that the money will not be used for what it should be?

Enternainers- send your money not 2hrs on tv! Lord knows you make way more then most people do.

BP needs to pay for the clean up.

Christy   June 21st, 2010 12:44 pm ET

It sure would be nice if Americans could come together and help our own country like we do other countries when they need it. How much money did the US raise to help Haiti?? I wish people would dig into their wallets and spare some time to help the Gulf Coast. It's amazing what we'll do for other countries but not for own! Kuddos to all those who are helping the Gulf Coast.

COlson   June 21st, 2010 12:52 pm ET

it sounds simple to say that BP should pay for it, but while they and frankly the govt drag their feet, those that can afford to donate funds or physical labor, need to do so and sooner rather than later ...and we are late already in organizing this massive effort. I swear many are in denial at how devastating this all is. good for Larry and CNN in getting visibility for this issue. The gulf has been hit with a double whammy here, on top of it all. I'll be watching to hear what ideas are offered more than anything.

patti   June 21st, 2010 1:17 pm ET

We can stop blaming the government and BP for this disaster. We can start looking at each other and our lifestyles and try helping out. That is what this country was built on; not pointing the finger at eveyone else. And frankly is am tired of it; lets all start cleaning up this mess.

Jeannettelj   June 21st, 2010 1:22 pm ET

I am at a loss to understand why the American tax payer should be footing any part of the bill to clean up the mess created by BP. We keep paying and paying whenever something happens. Natural disasters? i have no problem with helping others. Disasters caused by others and greedy bast****? They should be footing the bill.

logan   June 21st, 2010 1:37 pm ET

oh please! NO! do not send a penny to donate for this. you will be completely wasting your money. BP can pay for it all. they have the money. i, for one, am sick and tired of the media sponsoring billion dollar businesses. we Americans need to keep our money safe, in savings accounts. BP has more than enough to cover the expenses of THEIR mistake! please, do not send your hard earned money away for nothing. you would be better off donating to your local elementary school or local food shelf.

Roxie Colvin   June 21st, 2010 1:41 pm ET

I don't have money to donate and can't go down there to help. What can I do? Any suggestions?

tim   June 21st, 2010 2:03 pm ET

This is a shame. The United States government should have jumped on this immediately and stopped this gusher. I am surprised that Obama hasn't YET sent the Navy, Army Corps of Engineers, submarines, skimmers, and EVERY possible person, place, or thing to stop this. The fact that this thing has flowed for over two months makes me begin to see how much our government really cares about us small people, and how much they do care about money

KR   June 21st, 2010 2:09 pm ET

Thank you for taking action and for hearing my cry and to those of you who agree that the Gulf needs our help and need it now! I do not live near the Gulf but still realize that they need our help. At the end of May I had contacted many in the media (including Lary) asking why was it that we could raise the vast amount we did for the Haitii relfief but nothing was being done for the Gulf. This is our homeland but it appeared that some people felt it wasn't up to them to help because this was a manmade disaster and wasn't in "their backyard". Please, wake up, this is going to effect everyone in one way or another worldwide.

I agree that the BP, Trans Ocean, the MMS and others in the government need to be held accountable and financially responsible for this tragedy. BUT, that is unfortunately,long term and that help will not come overnight. The small businesses, the fisherman, and on down the line need our help now..short term, Do you really think the people of the Gulf want a handout and not to work? This was not their fault and I'm sure if the shoe were on the other foot, those who are saying "it's not my problem" would be the first in line looking for help.

I know it is difficult times. I know people have lost their homes and jobs because of layoffs, it happened to us and we have been stuggling and have been hangin on by a thread. But we still know that we need to help those in distress. It's only the right thing and American thing to do. Open your heart people. Stop hardening it. It could be you .

slaz21   June 21st, 2010 2:14 pm ET

Why have a telethon for this disaster. BP SHOULD be paying for EVERYTHING & I mean EVERYTHING including family counseling & training for those who lost their jobs. Also, why are we STILL giving oil companies big tax breaks on their billons of $ in profits?

Scrwbp   June 21st, 2010 2:35 pm ET

BP CEO and chairman need to be executed by firing squad .

This is a BP screw up let them pay for this

Juan   June 21st, 2010 3:21 pm ET

B.P should pay for this mess because they started this. And like Srewbp said Tony Hayward should be execute by injection or electrocution.

Kenneth Close Chritiansburg, Va.   June 21st, 2010 3:42 pm ET

Every one wants some one to pay: BP is that person as the cause of the spill. One thing I dont see after 60+ days is the government or the president in charge of expedience to clean the waters and beachs. I see the news organizations all benefiting from drawing this spill out. I guess my question is to everyone that wants to hang BP as if they simply said in a board meeting lets blow up a rig in the gulf where is the government in all this time of accusations. We see Tony Hayward sailing one day and that is the hieght of insult. We don't see the president or vice president playing golf and having fun because he is protected but works so hard. Where is the MMS,NOAA and the other government entities that supposedly protect us from such disasters?

60+ days and I am pissed but more so at Gvernment inadeqaucy as BP's short cuts and the DEATHS off 11 People. This should Have stopped by MMS period.

Ceci   June 21st, 2010 3:47 pm ET

I am so devastated and frustrated by this disaster! I check the news everyday in hopes to hear that it's stopped. It's also confusing – I want to help and am also torn between digging into my own pocket book when I can barely make ends meet – and sitting and waiting for BP to pick up the tab. But... I ultimately feel – if I, God forbid, witness a car accident, or something and someone is hurt and in dire need of assistance – I am not going to do nothing because someone else is responsible – perhaps a negligent driver, etc. – I am going to do what I can to help now – when it is needed.

Tim Lucas   June 21st, 2010 3:48 pm ET

Would you donate time or money to help fight the Gulf oil disaster? More than half said 'No' This disgusts me and breaks my heart – what's wrong with people?

susieconsin   June 21st, 2010 3:48 pm ET

i feel for the people, the wildlife, the environment – all of it.

but we are talking about an oil company here – they made the problem, they need to make a huge donation to the united way that will handle the crisis intervention – and make it YESTERDAY

i feel that this telethon is way out of line – it's basically saying to bp, go ahead, take your time getting these people the help they need


Elias   June 21st, 2010 4:13 pm ET

Simply Let us Boycote BP no more BP products . Let's not wait for governments and justice. We all know how it works.

Wendy   June 21st, 2010 5:19 pm ET

Why are they trying to raise money for the Gulf Coast? That is what the BP fund is for. They are responsible for paying for EVERYTHING. Dont let them off the hook! If someone crashed into your car and their insurance paid for the damages, would you go and raise money for it? NO. These stupid celebrities, there are so many other things they could be raising money for but I guess they dont quite understand this with their simple little minds.

Jack   June 21st, 2010 6:14 pm ET

People should NOT be donating money to this, every dollar is another dollar BP doesnt have to spend, you are donating to BP not the gulf. If anything I would say its immoral to donate money to the coast clean up, it would give companies more reasons to put profit over safety since it lowers the risk they look at when determining how much it will cost when things go wrong. All companies determine safety by monetary loss and only put in safety measures if the monetary risk is too high. You are endangering lives by donating money to this company.

I dont have a problem with donating time to speed things up but donating money is a completely bad idea.

NODONATE   June 21st, 2010 8:13 pm ET

How much has Larry King donated to this fund?

I would like to know NOW.

Put that mouth where that money is, then I'll think about it.

Bill   June 21st, 2010 8:24 pm ET

Perhaps we should have a fund raiser to help procure appropriate counsel and Government officials to ensure that the PERPITRATOR (a.k.a. B.P.) be sanctioned and effectively forced to clean their liability IMMEDIATELY!

I would wager if B.P. were no longer able to sell GAS through AMERICAN gas pumps they would be more earnest and timely in owning their responsibilities.

Attack the wallet, and they will come.

David Burris   June 21st, 2010 8:28 pm ET

Larry, I sent this following email to CNN.COM as well as Anderson Cooper..Please go public with this and make someone say that this will not work...I dare someone to say it will not.
This leak in the Gulf can be stopped in a day, if there is only the one pipe leaking as in the vids I have seen..My father and myself and a few others have had fire shoot out of our eyes because of the lack of common sense to stop this leak...If there is a flange fitting, which there appears to be in the pics I have seen, then all that would have to be done is to unbolt the pipe that was sheared at the flange and have a shutoff valve made or purchase one already made, with a matching flange fitting and bolt it on with whatever gasket material is suitable for this application. Leave the valve open to decrease resistance until all the flange bolts are tightened. When a proper seal is made then simply, AND I MEAN SIMPLY, close the valve...Leak stopped, end of story...I have sit day after day, week after week watching this in horror...When I finally saw the HD vids of the riser pipe and saw that flange fitting just below where they hacked the pipe to bits, my mouth just dropped...Someone needs to go public with this and Give someone else the credit for the idea...I don't care..Just stop the damned leak..David Burris, Murray,Ky.

dusti   June 21st, 2010 8:31 pm ET

bp needs to start careing! all the animals are dieing just cus off them and one of my best friends dad works for bp but not the side that made all this mess and i was so shocked when i found out!! just please god help us and this mess!!!!

JANET   June 21st, 2010 8:31 pm ET





chrissy from youngstown, ohio   June 21st, 2010 8:33 pm ET

we need to save the wildlife. BP should be ashamed of themselves. This is a horrific tradgedy.

Sonia Howell   June 21st, 2010 8:34 pm ET

These people are our neighbor's. I know what it is like to face having to feed and out of your rainny day fund. It is a shame. We as American's can't let our people suffer in such a way. Thanks to everyone whom is working tonight for this cause. For the Animal's crying shame. We arn't helping BP at this moument. It is about the Change our neighbors are going through. Those people have feed many American's over the year's, Now it is time for us to do the same. help keep a roof over a family for a while. It feels good to do a good deed.

robin l.   June 21st, 2010 8:35 pm ET

Put the local leaders in charge....Billy Nungesser knows his Parish and knows what the people, wildlife and land needs!!
So do the people and mayors and civic leaders all along the Gulf Coast...get the feds and Coast Guard to HELP THEM!!!!!!

jet set air support   June 21st, 2010 8:37 pm ET

I am the president of Jet Set Air Support located in Jacksonville Florida. Myself on behalf of the staff of Jet Set Air Support, would like to donate 175.00 to each of the charities supported for a total donation of 525.00.

We as the neighbors to the gulf understand the impact that this can have on a coast community. Our hearts go out to those that call the gulf home, to the business owners, and the helpless animals in this disaster. As an aviaiton company we would like to challenge any aviation company watching the program tonight to match our 175.00 donation to each of the three charities.

GOD Bless,

Stephen Parrish
and the staff of Jet Set Air Support.

mardi   June 21st, 2010 8:37 pm ET

While I applaud efforts to save the coast from this disaster, it baffles me how we need to save the fisherman and their families.Those of us who are teachers have too lost their jobs and are losing our homes and have families to feed, too. I dont see "celebrities" answering phones to save the most important industry of!

Derrick Dymond   June 21st, 2010 8:38 pm ET

Good evening.

I am not sure why CNN is taking up air time to raise money with celebrities on the issue about BP'S problem. I watch CNN daily and I live in Toronto. I watched CNN report on The Obama Administration meet with BP executives and the outcome was a $20 BILLION escrow to protect and help all local folks affected by this disaster! what happened to the SAME "telethon" with Haiti?-Old news? What is the real goal? Boosting celebrities exposure?, where's this money going? Honestly!, how dumb are the people who are already suffering with the economic issues of the past year in the U.S.????? AGAIN, what happened to Haiti? I (for the record) I am 1) Canadian, 2) White (in case you might be thinking this is a racial comment about Haiti), and 3) believing in your American Government with President Obama holding BP accountable for ALL DAMAGES as a result of the still disaster in the Gulf! – So What gives????


Laura Mullen   June 21st, 2010 8:40 pm ET

THANK YOU for doing this!

Steve   June 21st, 2010 8:47 pm ET

When will people figure out you cannot blindly throw money at a problem? Sure we could donate $10.. Who is suppose to make sure it is spent correctly and in a timely manner? The Red Cross?.... How much money do they still have left for the Haiti Fund? Give me a break, BP needs to pay. And ONLY BP

John Bradham   June 21st, 2010 8:48 pm ET

You know I'm not trying to be mean but I was watching your show and everything was fine until the African-American stated that know cares about them.I mean this is a major disaster and it's effect is felt on all people and it just makes me mad when African-Americans even through all this can still try to use the race card,I mean come on it's time to give it a rest,this isn't about race it's about BP and them not helping the way they should.Sorry if I made anyone upset.

Derrick Dymond   June 21st, 2010 8:58 pm ET

Just to clariy my comments above: YES! Help the folks and the environment NOW! The damn pipe is still leaking! Hold Obama accountable for his political strides! Get your Government to make BP help the Gulf and those affected NOW! Obama said it, so make him make it right NOW with BP!, If BP doesn't agree with the paperwork, TOO BAD!

Rick   June 21st, 2010 9:01 pm ET

All these hate filled wise cracks? Man, say a prayer that would be more constructive.

The love of money caused it, our laziness as Americans allowed it to even be possible with our cars; Our goverment has failed us with there head in the sand approach to the Energy issue,they have sold there souls and our future. Wars in th East, lives lost for oil, Now we may have sacrificed our Gulf coast at the least and very possibly our South East coast up to the Carolinas and every animal and fish that resides in them.

I'm ashamed of myself.

Robin   June 21st, 2010 9:01 pm ET

Thank you for showing the pictures and talking to the people in the Gulf. The news organizations aren't showing these pictures. They aren't telling these stories. Why? Please keep showing these pictures and telling the stories.

Bill   June 21st, 2010 9:05 pm ET

The recent comment on the show about the response of the faith community & the Catholic Church is very much appreciated. So often, it seems like people don't acknowledge the faith and love and support that exists so powerfully in church families.

john   June 21st, 2010 9:09 pm ET

I am saddened by what is happening in the gulf. I would like to know WHY!! the AMERICAN GOVERNMENT is standing by and not helping the people in the gulf. I often wonder how long it would take for a third world country to get help from our government if a disaster struck them. History shows it wouldnt take long!!!

Carole   June 21st, 2010 9:11 pm ET

No, No – Just heard Target's donation and will not be doing business with them anymore. This is a problem for BP, not the American public. What about the tornado victims in the Western states who have been so destroyed recently?????? They don't have a 20 billion BP fund to fall back on. Just get our government on the ball and get the money in the fund to the affected.

Eugenia - San Francisco   June 21st, 2010 9:12 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.


Ronnie Baker   June 21st, 2010 9:13 pm ET

Can't we blow this well up, to cave in on it's self, and stop this oil flow?

lyle king   June 21st, 2010 9:15 pm ET

Please make green jobs with this money, for the people that need a job to try to save the Animals NOW !
The people will get money from BP and Gov. but the animals need help RIGHT NOW ! .
Thank You for this.

Jo   June 21st, 2010 9:16 pm ET

We manufacture custom logo flip flops and would love to create a "Save the Gulf" flip flop to sell nation wide. We are in need of a coalition to help us with this operation. We would donate 10% of the sales to the coalition.

Gulf+Beach+Flip Flops=$ donated

We hope we could help. Please email us. Thank you!

Terri   June 21st, 2010 9:17 pm ET

I'm so happy this money is being raised. My son has been risking his life for over a month 7 days a week 12 hours a day. He picks up dead fish, dead birds and it's horrible. They won't let him wear a mask. Do people realize the workers that are risking their lives every day. It's hard to see this happen, but it's harder to see my son put his life on the line....

Emerson   June 21st, 2010 9:19 pm ET

Great show Larry! Continue on my man... Awesome job!! 🙂

Ronnie Baker   June 21st, 2010 9:21 pm ET

The people that are affected are the residents of the gulf and when there affected, that affects people that are depending on them. and so on, and so on, and so on... and somewhere down that line will affect you and will be felt around the world. just think about it.

lyle king   June 21st, 2010 9:25 pm ET

BP and Gov. is not doing much NOW !!! and more gas drilling and oil drills are going to be made and this world is dying .
unless we all take control of OUR world , Not let the ones with the Corp and money rule over us .
also Dick Cheney was Secretary of Defense in 1991 when he created a contract vehicle for and gave contracts to Halliburton that resulted in millions of dollars of revenue. After leaving the administration Cheney served as CEO of Halliburton from 1995 to 2000. Then he became Vice President and Halliburton was awarded hundreds of millions of dollars of non-competitive contracts as part of the Gulf War in 2003.

Chaney, La.   June 21st, 2010 9:25 pm ET

I am so surprised at the ignorance of some of the comments. In the first place this "telethon" is not to help BP, it is to help the people and wildlife affected by thi disasterous oil spill. These charities can get the money to where its needed almost immediately. The $20Billion is going to take some time to set up.... the paper trail, you cant just stand on a street corner with decks of money and hand it out to anyone...who says they need it.....
I say way to go Larry King and Gang.....its a wonderful thing and has nothing to do with BP...... its not about BP.

Jennifer Smith   June 21st, 2010 9:27 pm ET

I was born & raised here in Louisiana. I still live here. I spent most of my childhood swimming in the Gulf at Holly Beach. It's gone. Hurricane Rita took Holly Beach. This freaking oil spill took the Gulf. What I want to know is this...what took so long? What took the show biz world so long to help? When the earthquake hit Haiti, they were there raising money. When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, they were there raising money. When Hurricane Rita hit Lake Charles & Cameron, we rebuilt ourselves. We will rebuild the Gulf with or without your help.

Jay Newby   June 21st, 2010 9:28 pm ET


Henya   June 21st, 2010 9:31 pm ET

Hello Larry,
It's a wonderful thing you are doing G-d Blasé you. I’m an animal lover so I donated $10.00 to the Wild Life Foundation that’s all I give at this time, the way I see it every penny counts and I hope the donations go’s to the right Foundations and make sure it is spent correctly,
Thanks Larry

Jeanne   June 21st, 2010 9:33 pm ET

Larry, thank you so much for this telethon. I was born and raised in Pensacola, I learned to swim and sail in the beautiful gulf waters, and have family still there (I'm in Houston now). This is such a horrific tragedy, the effects will be felt for year and years. I only wonder how the next generation, and their children will be dealing with it, so very unfair. No more colonies of pelicans (which were just removed from the endangered species list only a few years ago), the fish, the turtles, the marshes, it's just not right, and I hope with all my might that the oil stops gushing soon, so we can at least get on with clean up. Thank you for caring.....

Ronnie Baker   June 21st, 2010 9:34 pm ET

Our Governent is standing by and watching as the I told you so; to go to other alternative fuels rises to the top. This is a sick way to make a point. We are not as stupid as our goverment thinks we are. infact we are watching how they are responding and trust me, there stupid and most of all slow.

Jay Newby   June 21st, 2010 9:34 pm ET

YOU CUT DR JOHN ! LAME ! He is a National Louisiana Treasure! CLUELESS.

Tim Badeaux   June 21st, 2010 9:43 pm ET

Thanks so much for what you guys are doing! I think I speak for most when I say we are feeling both frightened and helpless down here... it's heart-warming to see all this support. Keep it up. We need the encouragement!

Judith   June 21st, 2010 9:44 pm ET

Fox-Rush L and anyone else that listen to them can say the people should have the monies now by our Goverment.Gov monies take time and for Larry to do this special is wonderful.

What is happening right now thank the GOPs who love deregulations.
GOPs feel oil companies can regulate themselves which is a joke.
When oil comes up it goes on the international market to the highest bidders.

When this happen Senator Bill Nelson from Florida stated that BP must cap it fast because if not this oil will end up hitting our State Fl within 10 days,then go down to the Keys around the loop up the east coast to GA,SC,NC then go out into the Alantic.He said this is the route back in the day the Spanish took travelling the Gulf Currents.He has been right.

Gov Bobby Jindal from La and Miss Gov Haley Barbour both want to keep drilling of oil.They say because ones are out of work.Fishermen and thousands of other businesses are out of work too not just ones working on the rigs.
President Obama has done right to stop it for 6 mos but it might take much longer.BP isn't telling ones that they might not be able to stop it.

After 21 years of the Exxon spill in Alaska people can dig down 2-3" on the beach and see oil.This spill is worse.

Again Larry thank you and other so much for the help on the Gulf.

Please don't let this fade as months go on.

Derrick Dymond   June 21st, 2010 9:45 pm ET

Hi Larry!

You have the number to the White House, why not call President Obama and get some immediate answers NOW!????? I heard $20 BILLION set aside, lets help those affected now! Have BP start coughing up, the livelihoods and environment need the help now!!!!!!! BP has the money, let's have the paperwork catchup to the urgency!

This shouldn't be hard!

steve Fontaine   June 21st, 2010 9:47 pm ET

Thank you Larry
We are artists in NY who decided to hold a fund raiser to benefit the those who are rescuing distressed wild life in the Gulf. When we began to look the best place to send our donation we were overwhelmed with the bureaucracy that had been imposed by BP.
Your show has given us a sense of direction. We will be holding a music event in New York on July 14th at Axis Theater company. Axiscompany
We will be forwarding 100% of the proceeds to The National Wildlife federation.
Steve Fontaine
Axis Company

Sharon Rosner   June 21st, 2010 9:47 pm ET

I am viewing LKL Telethon and have donated a little money to each of the three chosen charities. A lot of the emails I see here tonight all point the finger of blame somewhere and are very negative. I understand this, but as I got to speak with Dep Pak Chopra, he and I agree the damage has been done, now its time to come together stop pointing the finger of blame and help our fellow citizens. My Grandfather was a machinist in an oil mill near Shorterville, Alabama. My donation was in his memory because all of us are hurting: oil industry workers, fisherman, restaurant and hotel owners and most important our eco-system and nature.

Jimmy Blackstone   June 21st, 2010 9:48 pm ET

Why has the house of Windsor, The Queen, Charles, William, Harry, and the rest,not show interest in our national disaster? They seem to be removed. Why?

Judith   June 21st, 2010 9:49 pm ET

People that blame President Obama should google and see the

spills plus safety issues that BP has had when Bush was President.

Patrick Mullen   June 21st, 2010 9:50 pm ET

People are not aware of the impact of the pollution to the Oxygen producing diatoms in the ocean waters. Have Phliepe Coustaue address this to the public; we are being robbed of our oxygen and the impact could be irriversable.

Thanks to all of you who are donating your time!

Pat Mullen

April Cahoon   June 21st, 2010 9:56 pm ET

Thank You so, so Much for your help, concerns, Thoughts And prayers. This Truly means so Much to all of us here on The Gulfcoast.

Debbie   June 21st, 2010 10:00 pm ET

BP should pay for the entire oil spill ....hire people to clean the place and stop the spill ASAP. I have a family member who's only 1,000 feet from the ocean , smell from the oil , and other chemicals in the water. BP is at blame for this entire accident , they didn't even have a plan to stop it . Why isnt Tony Hayward cleaning it up too ???
I get to feel it's all talk and no action to cleaning it up .

michael fay   June 21st, 2010 10:05 pm ET

How dare you ask the general public for money when the multi billion dollar company BP is still earning millions a week in profits! This is ridiculous that this request is being asked under the disguise of heping the gulf coast. Why not demand that BP pays all damages for what they have done to the people, animals and environment of the gulf coast! That would be more of an effective method! That is if our government had the backbone to demand this from a corporation!

john   June 21st, 2010 10:06 pm ET

bp is fully responsible for this disaster and they should step up the pace in getting this mess cleaned up . there are aLOT OF PEOPLE OUT OF WORK RIGHT NOW THEY SHOUL D START PAYING PEOPLE TO HELP..LET THEM GET AWAY WITH THIS WE SHOULD NOT

Judith   June 21st, 2010 10:07 pm ET

Larry we get the Best Seafood from the Gulf including Florida.
A total different taste then ones getting it frozen in the food stores from other Countries.

We in Florida get the pleaure to see our birds being happy enjoying the waters then flying to land that is clean.We see dolphins swimming
in the Gulf from the beach or while being in a boat taking a ride they come close to the boat in the bay playing games on us and with each other.We've enjoy seeing how they swim close to the boat then under it on the other side.

We're happy that Gov Crist stated that No off shore drilling here in Florida but now because of the deregulation and this BP oil spill Florida is going to be suffering too and our sea animals and birds along with our beaches turning into junk.

If anyones want to blame anyone–blame the GOPs who held the seats and love less goverment with deregulations.BP has many saftey issues.If the GOPs end up holding the seats once again our Country will end up facing many new issues.

Doreen Gallien   June 21st, 2010 10:22 pm ET

My daughter Michelle couldn't wait for Larry to come on tonight. She has PDD ( a form of Autism) and she knows the right thing to do. If we could go down and physically help; we would. Now we can just donate and send you all our prayers. Hang in there everyone. People do care up here in New England.

Joe   June 21st, 2010 10:23 pm ET

What? Get BP to pay, they make hundreds of billions in profits each year, I think extracting a trillion dollars from them for this horrible avoidable mess is fair (for a start). I understand the urgency, let the government put our money out there with the requirement that BP pay it all back.

gerald Jolly   June 21st, 2010 10:25 pm ET

Sorry folks,

You've been SNOOKERED again.

Debbie   June 21st, 2010 10:25 pm ET

I can't imagine living in our world without delicious seafood from the Gulf. I can't imagine living in our world without our once so beautiful Gulf and the world needs to be aware that we cannot live without OUR OCEANS... they are all one of the earth. Wake up and do something about it.... this problem is getting bigger than us all.

Please let's move forward to helping the communities effected and demand better from BP ( double the bill) and charge them "late fees".

We can explore space and grab samples from Mars, we can dance on the moon, and live comfortably above the earth's atmosphere....yet we seem to have so called " professionals" jabbing at our earth without the proper bandaid in place in case of failure. Much should be changed and now..

Judith   June 21st, 2010 10:26 pm ET

The GOPs are on the side of the Oil Companies.

Look who came forward thinking that it's heartful to blame BP or that they should pay,Michelle Bachmann,Rush L,Joe Barton and John Boehner said for a week that it should be the tax payers paying for the BP spill till Boehner retracted his statement.Sarah Palin with that drill baby drill and now turned it around blaming President Obama.

Cheney help to dereguate the oil companies before he was VP.He use to be the CEO for Halliburton and received thousands of dollars as a VP who help the Oil Companies to have the GOPs vote to put a 5 million dollars cap on if something would happen.5 million was a joke,a package deal to the Oil Companies from the American people by the GOPs,Bush and Cheney.

2012 GOP Convention is in Tampa Florida.I wonder how many of them will be walking on the beach or maybe taking a dip plus eating

John Bradham   June 21st, 2010 10:35 pm ET

This is for John's comment about the government helping every other country in the world before it helps it's own,I'm with you,I guess there trying to kiss up to all those other country's and the American people are paying the price.It's sad to know that as rich as the u.s. is that they can't afford to help it's own but at the drop of a dime there off helping someone else.Don't get me wrong I'm a diehard American but this country is going to crap.......

ferd   June 22nd, 2010 12:17 am ET

I you devide $105,000,000 by 32,000 claims. The average claim paid had a value of $3281.25. Anyone have any idea how much the fishermen have gotten for April or May. How many claims are outstanding? There must be about 16,000 claims with a value under $3281.25 and about 16,000 claims worth more than $3281.25.
What is the largest claim that BP has paid and what is the smallest.
Sounds like this a question for Anderson Copper. Sorry

Azura Stedman   June 22nd, 2010 12:19 am ET

People need to stop pointing fingers and start taking action because there is poor animals without a voice being the most effected by this right now. BP can be forced to pay all the money in the world but its not gonna bring back the wildlife that is dieing the ones that did not have a choice when thier homes were being destroyed and lives being taken by man's obssesion over oil. Money money money when did it get more important than life.

dustin   June 22nd, 2010 12:25 am ET

how much money are the celebs donating to the cause.

Christine   June 22nd, 2010 12:33 am ET

Just quit blathering folks and if you care about wildlife, please send money to the National Wildlife Federation. Yes, money is important, even though we all deride the fact those at BP don't care about anything but making tons of it. We drive cars, remember? We add to the problem by consuming gasoline and other oil-based products. Use less, waste not and contribute money (whatever you can spare) to the NWF. The animals and birds have no voice. People do, even if they are affected in the Gulf by this tragedy. Put your money where your mouths are. Please. Just posting on a board is impotent. I contributed. Will you? I sure hops so!

dion knapp   June 22nd, 2010 12:56 am ET

we here in iowa r doin what we can,please check out our site that we started on facebook and please leave your opinions. THANK YOU LARRY FOR PULLIN PEOPLE TOGETHER TO TAKE A STAND!!! you can go to "stop the oil flow " on fcbk.

dion knapp   June 22nd, 2010 1:06 am ET


reginald boyd   June 22nd, 2010 1:16 am ET

we the people of louisiana thank s everybody for your support but one very important thing that we have not heard is these toxic dispersants bp is using.corexit 9500 is 10 times more toxic than the crude oil.will somebody mention this because any thing that does not die from the oil will surely be killed by the dispesants!!(including a lot of the fisherman who are getting sick from working in the gulf!!

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   June 22nd, 2010 1:53 am ET

Quoted from the above article –

"BP CEO Tony Hayward says his company will “not rest until we make this right.” He also maintains “no resources will be spared.”

How can they make this right..........bit too late already.

What resources have been spared...........haven't seen too much happening.

What gets me is, you hear the stories of people that are willing to help, and yet they have been refused. Can't understand it. What the heck is going on!

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   June 22nd, 2010 2:04 am ET

By the sounds of things, the clean-up operation is a major hazard in itself. Good Lord help us all.

This nightmare in the Gulf of Mexico sounds like straight out of the Book of Revelation in the Bible.

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   June 22nd, 2010 2:26 am ET

Yes, the people and animals and wildlife affected need immediate help and also the organisations/agencies, individuals, groups etc., that are already helping out.

The urgency is now.

The telethon will go some way to helping and it will also give people the opportunity to help.

Michelle   June 22nd, 2010 2:54 am ET

One of the reasons this disaster happened is because of the energy policy which was created by Chenny. We need to get rid of that policy and all involed in it. People, look who ran our country for the last few terms...Bush and the good ol Oil boys from Texas!! Hellooo? of course this would happen!!

Toi   June 22nd, 2010 11:49 am ET

What a great thing to do , thank you Larry and all the wonderful people that gave out the helping hands last night to raise the money to help the Gulf Coast. I'm so tire of the media and the people that keep on blaming our government, the President , this problem started with the BP, they are the one that must take care the problem, our President has been out there 5 times and he did the best that he can. Since the nightmare already started on the end we all as an American we have to help each others in some way. The problem just too big for even just one company to fix the problem, I wish that other oil companies would offer their help with this situation also! Where is Chenney and the GOP ?

Susan62509   June 22nd, 2010 12:06 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.

Martin Gadourek   June 22nd, 2010 1:20 pm ET

Hmm... i think it is time for electro mobile to enter the scene again and cut off the greedy oil companies. We didn't need them at first place electro mobile was here first, but... Government is the one who need push it thru and start investing money in electric public transportation like busses, taxi and other every day used vehicles. We are spending lot of money to get a car, but we are also forced to spend every single day lot of money for gas so we can drive and damage environment. Besides spending money on something useful like buy flowers to our woman we have to spend big % of our incomes to drive vehicle. For what?! So few companies make billions which they will spend to build more world damaging traps? This need to stop so world can rapidly change in better. Now is the time.

Linda Reeves   June 22nd, 2010 1:32 pm ET

I called last night during the celebrity telethon to donate to the Gulf Oil Disaster. As of yet, I have not received an email confirming my donation; nor, has a transaction been reflected in my checking account. I just want to ensure that my donation went through, as I only spoke with a telemarketer and not a celebrity. My heart goes out to the families in the Gulf Coast Region and to the wildlife that is being affected each and every day. I was born in Louisiana and grew up on the Gulf Coast and this hits home hard with me. It is devastating and I am beyond upset!! I am heartbroken!! This IS a global issue and affects the whole world. I pray each day that it will come to an end soon!
Thank you!
Linda Reeves

Cheryl   June 22nd, 2010 2:10 pm ET

Thank you for having a forum to which people can help with relief. However, just as important at this point, is to stop the "leak"! There is a company in Harlingen TX that wants to do just that, but Washington won't listen to them, despite their 30 YEARS in the business. They have even gone so far as to design a website, putting the information out there, hoping someone will wake up and see that they know what they are doing and can get it done quickly.
Go to and see for yourself. The plan makes sense and they already have the equipment to do it with. Please help get the message out there, that somebody can stop this leak!!

Becca in NC   June 22nd, 2010 2:54 pm ET

Thank you "Smith in Oregon", I couldn't have said it better myself! As for those of you who think BP should be solely responsible and hire the unemployed to clean up the mess at their expense, I understand your sentiment. However, ask the average unemployed Gulf Coast worker BP has employed and the average fisherman who is supposedly being subsidized temporarily by BP how long it takes to break throuth the red tape and how readily they are being compensated? I might add, the coming Nov. elections are your chance to reevaluate your priorities and take a closer look at the GOP candidates who think President Obama is "fleecing" BP by demanding the cleanup and subsidy funds to help support the families whose livelihoods are lost! If you have voted GOP in the past or not voted at all, this is your chance to show Tea Party Republicans who support big oil and big corporations it is high time they support the American people instead of their own pocket books and personal interests! BP has not been upfront with accurate accounts of the damage and projected devastation from day one! There is only one solution to preventing this kind of travesty from ever happening again in our country, actively pursue alternative energy sources to fossil fuels and put tighter restrictions on existing operations.

Becca in NC   June 22nd, 2010 3:01 pm ET

In my previous comment, I neglected to "Thank you Larry King and the people who donated their time and efforts towards this telethon." Thank you to the many companies such as "Target" for your generous contributions! God Bless in your efforts. I will be watching this evening to see Kevin Costner and learn of his project.

Tom Sarasota, FL   June 22nd, 2010 6:43 pm ET

The wildlife needs help right now. They cannot wait for some corporation to be accountable. In our local paper today was an article about 30 whale sharks close into the shore a little south of Sarasota. The experts are not sure but they fear the oil is driving the sea life in close to the shores where they do not usually dwell. Folks at Mote Marine said they have never seen whale sharks so close to the shore in such large numbers.

Although oil is not on our beaches yet I can imagine what the people in path of the slick are going through.

I will donate to help the animals they have no voice of their own.

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