Chances for Helium Bill Floating Away

The Federal Helium Reserve, which supplies about half of U.S. demand, will turn off the taps on October 7th, 2013 unless Congress acts quickly to pass legislation to keep it up and running. The impact on the U.S. economy is expected to be immediate and immense, with price spikes and disruptive shortages for medical imaging (which uses a quarter of the supply), semiconductor manufacturing, scientific research, and children’s birthday parties.

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