Local Politics, national science
Article first published online: 3 JUN 2011
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Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union
Volume 69, Issue 8, page 115, 23 February 1988
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1988), Local Politics, national science, Eos Trans. AGU, 69(8), 115–115, doi:10.1029/88EO00076.(
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- Article first published online: 3 JUN 2011
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During the past year as AGU's Congressional Fellow, I strove to reconcile my political interests with my commitment to Earth science. One of the more compelling ideas I encountered came directly from Sen. Tim Wirth (D-Colo.), for whom I worked: “All politics is local.” I was initially surprised to hear this message from a member of the U.S. Senate, a national institution that deals regularly with national and global issues. I now see, however, that it represents a profound insight into American politics, and furthermore that it offers useful advice to the Earth science community. The local level is where national policy touches people's lives. When their lives are affected, their political will solidifies, and they mobilize into a political force. Local politics thus presents a channel by which geoscientists throughout the United States can promote Earth science nationally.