The following written testimony was presented on May 8, 1987, by AGU President Peter S. Eagleson on behalf of the American Geophysical Union to the Subcommittee on HUD-Independent Agencies of the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations.

Mr. Chairman and committee members, my name is Peter S. Eagleson. I am President of the American Geophysical Union. AGU embraces the study of the earth, the planets, and their environment in space and is dedicated to the ideal of unselfish cooperation in research. It is a strong and rapidly expanding organization of more than 20,000 members who are research scientists, professors, students, administrators, engineers, and laymen.