As helium supply shrinks, its price hits the stratosphere

  • Article by: ANNA M. TINSLEY , Fort Worth Star-Telegram
  • Updated: January 6, 2013 - 3:30 PM

The Federal Helium Reserve in Texas is running low on gas.

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FrankLJan. 6, 13 8:05 PM

But we waste it on toy balloons. Fill them with hydrogen for more exciting parties. :-)

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davehougJan. 6, 13 9:53 PM

As a boy my first flying balloons WERE hydrogen. A friend of my father's popped it with a lit cigarette. My immediate reaction was DO IT AGAIN :)

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medvezhonokJan. 7, 13 6:59 AM

Again our beloved congressmen have done something to screw up America, by passing that law 15 years ago to privatize helium sales and deplete our reserve. What is next the oil reserves we have?

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beegusJan. 7, 13 9:17 AM

Clearly, Frank L. has the right idea except for the hydrogen--'though it would be fun. There should be a law against wasting helium on balloons when it is needed for really important uses in medicine, electronics, etc.

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songczarJan. 7, 13 9:29 AM

"Thank goodness I can still get it" No. Don't thank goodness, get out of the business now. I recently heard a scientist say that if helium balloons were being sold based on their true value then they'd cost $100 a balloon. @medevhonoz - Most of the US oil reserves are not owned by the government even most of the strategic oil reserves are not government owned. Wiki: Oil_reserves

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paige7Jan. 7, 1310:44 AM

Gosh, who ever thought we'd run out of natural resources that we waste willy nilly? Luckily pillaging and wasting the earth's helium isn't as devastating as the fossil fuels (which are also finite.)

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motytrahJan. 7, 1311:44 AM

Balloons aren't a problem. MRI machines are. The magnets need to be cooled to -452F, and each machine needs 12,000 liters of Helium to operate. There is no other gas that is stable enough for what an MRI machine needs.

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