CNBC Lands Palin for ‘Black Gold’ Special

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CNBC will premiere The Hunt for Black Gold, a one-hour documentary that investigates the dramatic and historic spike in oil and gas prices, on Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 9 p.m. ET. The special will include a one-on-one interview with Republican vice presidential hopeful Gov. Sarah Palin.

Network officials said the documentary will take a closer look at how big American oil companies spend those historic profits, whether big oil feels responsible for the ripple effect of high oil prices as well as what’s going to happen if the country doesn't adequately prepare for that inevitable moment when crude runs out.

Bartiromo travels the world, providing a rare look inside oil infrastructure and taking viewers to some of the most remote and valuable places on the planet-Alaska's North Slope and the Gulf of Mexico-two critical areas in the national oil debate.

She will also interview Gov. Sarah Palin, Sen. John McCain's vice presidential pick, who is at the center of the oil debate. Palin discusses the hot-button issues such as drilling in the pristine ANWR, breaking the grip foreign oil holds on America as well as her thoughts about Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. Joseph Biden's “naïveté about renewable energy feeding hungry markets.”

The one-hour special examines alternative and renewable energy including solar, wind and hybrid electric cars. Which ones are viable and how are the oil giants positioned to deal with the inevitable transformation?

The Hunt for Black Gold will re-air Thursday, Sept. 25 at 1 a.m. ET and again on Sunday, Sept. 28 at 10 p.m. ET.

Rich Carolan is the executive producer. Jeff Pohlman is the senior producer and writer.