Ray of hope ?

Or more evidence that we’re doomed? Should we be pleased that the government’s helium reserve (begun 80 years ago) is being dismantled or frustrated that it took so long? Believe it or not, the National Academy of Sciences was tasked with determining “whether such disposal of helium reserves will have a substantial adverse effect on U.S. scientific, technical, biomedical, or national security interests.” The NAS produced this report, and this verdict:

Based on the information assembled for this report, the committee believes that the Helium Privatization Act of 1996 will not have a substantial impact on helium users.

Rest assured, helium users, you will be able to fill those party balloons and marvel at the quiet glory of the Good Year blimp.