March 16th, 2012
12:49 PM ET

Watch GPS: George Clooney on why the crisis in Sudan affects your wallet

George Clooney was arrested this morning for protesting about the situation in South Sudan. I interviewed him earlier this week.  My interview will air in full this Sunday at 10a and 1p Eastern on CNN, but here's an excerpt from Clooney on why the crisis in Sudan affects your wallet:

"China has a $20 billion oil infrastructure in the Sudan. They get 6% of their oil imported from the Sudan. And the South Sudan has the oil and North Sudan has the refineries, and North Sudan was taking that money from the oil and not giving it back and buying weapons to hurt the South. So about six weeks ago, the South said, 'OK, we're done.' And they shut off the oil.

So China suddenly is getting no return on their money. That gives us a unique position, as opposed to looking to them as humanitarians or to do the right thing, we can meet with China - not we, but a high-level government official - could meet with China and say 'Let's work on this together, because we both, economically, would benefit by a resolution, a cross-border resolution.'"

"Right now, our gas prices go up as the president said in his press conference because when the Chinese aren't getting their 6% from the Sudan, they're getting it from somewhere else and that raises the price for all of us. So it's something that's mutually beneficial."

Also coming up on GPS this Sunday, Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne. What is his new budget going to say?

Then, one-on-one with the man who’s called “the most powerful man in Washington” – Grover Norquist, author of “the pledge” that keeps signatories from raising taxes.

And What in the World? How the camp music competition Eurovision tells a story of Europe’s shift to the East.

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Topics: Africa • GPS Episodes • Sudan • United Kingdom

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