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Star-Studded Oil Spill Telethon On Larry King Live, Tonight At 8:00 P.M. ET

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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.

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