In today’s Cracked.com article, one item they mentioned the world’s running out of is helium.
In that entry, there’s a throwaway line with no support or explanation that states:
“In 1996, Congress passed a law requiring the U.S. government to sell off our helium stockpile by 2015.”
I get that one thing the article points out is that people don’t know/don’t care about the value of certain things, but why would the government force a sell off of a commodity? Was storage costing us too much? It seems odd that the government would make a specific law to make us dependant on outside sources when we apparently have a controlling monopoly on the item in question