While President Bush has declared a national energy crisis, which is directly linked with extractive energy resources, we must also realize that there is human cost to such energy resources as oil. In countries like Burma, Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, and Ecuador, U.S.-based oil companies have taken advantage of lax or nonexistent envi-
ronmental and human rights standards to build pipelines that have degraded the natural environment and endangered communities.
This is why the Sierra Club and Amnesty International are collaborating this Earth Day to draw attention to the underreported human and environmental costs often associated with the construction of oil and natural gas pipelines around the world.
As the United States engages in a national energy policy debate, it is important to focus as much attention on the human and environmental costs associated with oil and natural gas pipelines as on our national energy needs. We must hold governments and oil companies accountable for their actions wherever they operated, not just for Earth Day, but every day.
UAS Amnesty International Club, Juneau
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