Friday, December 5, 2008

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For all the talk about going green and weaning ourselves off foreign oil, we hardly ever hear what those foreign oil suppliers have to say about it. You will in our first story, as correspondent Lesley Stahl goes to Saudi Arabia where an entire country thrives on an oil industry that not only supplies the most oil in the world, but also contains reserves in the hundreds of billions of barrels. In the double-length segment, Stahl tours the facilities of Aramco, gaining rare access to the world’s largest company whose industrial complexes lie atop an ocean of oil. She also meets the president of Aramco, Abdallah Jum’ah, and asks him directly if he worries when people like President-elect Obama and Al Gore say America must reduce its dependence on his product.  "My answer to this is we have to be realistic. We don’t have the alternatives today. If there are alternatives, be my guest and come and bring them in. They are not there."


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Then, correspondent Morley Safer profiles the eccentric and controversial artist-cum film director Julian Schnabel.  He is known more today for his acclaimed films, including “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly,” than his paintings and sculptures, which took the art world by storm in the 1980s and '90s.  However, it was no immediate success for the artist as a young man, who once sold sunglasses and worked in restaurants before attaining the wealth and success to live in one of Manhattan’s prime residences, a Greenwich Village building known as the "Pink Palace." “I think I stopped working as a cook when I got $6,000 for a painting,” says Schnabel. He gets $1 million for some of those paintings now.


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Those stories, and Andy Rooney has time on his hands, on this Sunday’s 60 Minutes, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. ET/PT.



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