Think Congress doesn’t get anything done? That our legislators can’t solve the big problems? That cooperation between Democrats and Republicans is a myth?
Well friend, think again.
Recently, the bi-partisan leadership of the House Committee on Natural Resources jointly introduced legislation to address a critical danger to our dear Republic.
The Responsible Helium Administration and Stewardship Act (HR 527) is designed to avert the looming crisis posed by a shortage of…
…wait for it…
Yes, our supply of this light, totally chemically inert gas—though the second-most abundant element in the universe—is apparently running out here on Earth. Projections indicate that the only remaining Federal Helium Reserve facility (an underground North Texas facility) has less than half the helium that it once had.
Clearly, this is big trouble for America’s balloon and florist industries, but apparently, there are other parties in peril as well. Helium is also used in medical scanners, LCD screens, welding, electronics, metals, fiber optics, computer chips, aerospace and research.
Obviously, Congress has taken note of this impending calamity and sprung into action.
As helium prices continue to rise as supplies fall, it’s comforting to know that the servants of the public trust are on the job.
Today’s Fact Cetera
Nebraska is the U.S. state with the largest formation of sand dunes.