posted on Apr, 26 2013 @ 03:07 PM
reply to post by neo96
While you may think this a funny and useless point on Capital hill, let's stand back and look at the big picture. Helium is the second lightest gas
known to exist, (hydrogen being the lightest) in order to produce helium, a star has to fuse two hydrogen atoms together, we as a species haven't
found a cost effective way to fuse hydrogen yet.
But this reserve is a holdover from both the second world war and the cold war/space race. Helium is a finite resource and cannot be readily
squandered. Remember how I said that helium is the second lightest gas known? If you release helium into the atmosphere, it goes above it and gets
swept out into space (space being that place above the air surrounding our ROUND GLOBE because the Earth isn't flat, that has little in the way of
gas or gravity)
Now, how do we get helium here on Earth to begin with? Natural Gas, (one of those fun things we in America have that could reduce our dependency on
foreign energy) in processing Natural Gas, helium is captured and stored in Texas of all places (cause we have learned that Texans know how to process
and store explosive substances like Natural Gas
Helium is a terrific coolant, and as such protecting this strategic reserve is important to not only national defense but to the economy.