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December 29, 2006

Conserve helium!

photo of balloons by jk***/flickr.com. Original at http://www.flickr.com/photos/jkristofer/276414491/ image kindly provided via a Creative Commons license

I can live with a gasoline shortage. Or a coffee shortage. Or another set of California rolling brown-outs. Or a spinach recall. But please God don't cut off my supply of helium!

According to this AP article in the Wichita (Kansas) Eagle, we're facing a global helium shortage. helium plants in Qatar and Algeria are off-line, and there are pressure problems in the pipelines that carry helium gas between the main U.S. helium facilities in Kansas and Texas.

All of this may mean... brace yourselves... balloon rationing this Valentine's Day, which is peak helium use time.

(Balloon image by jk**/flickr.com)


Posted by Chris Spurgeon at December 29, 2006 09:57 AM