I just learned that we are facing a very real, very big issue. Helium supplies are running out. People usually only think of helium for birthday balloons or for making funny voices. But we will soon have to make a decision… birthday balloons now or MRI’s later. MRI’s need helium to run and we are running out of helium. Here are a few articles worth reading – this one says helium is so under priced that a balloon should really cost $100 dollars and this one says some Canadian party decorating businesses have been told there is no helium available.
Helium is a by-product of the oil industry (like petroleum jelly). We will run out of helium within the next few decades. Hopefully we can slow the decline by not buying helium balloons anymore.
So now I have another reason, other than a waste of money or future garbage, to never buy another helium balloon.
Can you resist the lure of helium balloons?
My interest is in the future because I am going to spend the rest of my life there – Charles F. Kettering, American inventor (1876-1958)
Kindly leave this planet as you would wish to find it – philharding.net/quotes-corner/
There are two certainties in life: “Death” and “Waste Production” – source unknown
- Helium shortage has businesses rationing supply (fox13now.com)
- Why Does Inhaling Helium Make Your Voice Squeaky? (uniquedaily.com)
- Fears of a clown: Party’s over as price of helium goes through the roof (dailyrecord.co.uk)
- Some area stores out of helium (thegazette.com)
- Helium shortage pops hopes of balloon vendors during Stampede (calgaryherald.com)