Should we stop using helium in balloons?

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  • Jason
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    Yes. We are no longer extracting it (it is a byproduct of natural gas and uranium mining), it can't be produced (it is only made by fusing hydrogen and we have not yet developed sustainable fusion -- all of the helium on Earth was made in a star and we can't make any more right now), and we have a significant need for it in industry and health care. Every MRI magnet uses a significant quantity of liquid helium to cool the magnet. We use helium in pulmonary function testing. We use it as a carrier gas in severe asthma. It is the principal cooling agent for rocket fuel. It has a lot of uses, we are rapidly running out, and wasting what we do have by filling balloons is a poor use of a finite resource.

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  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    Why actually if I may ask?

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  • 9 months ago

    It would be wise to stop using it because there is a very limited supply thta is available for use and it is needed in a variety of scientific and medical instruments. Using it in balloons is a waste. Once the helium is used up, it cannot be reclaimed from the atmosphere nor can it be manufactured; although more of it will slowly form in uranium mines through nuclear decay.

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  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    Helium does it harm anything and you can't make extra helium you just get it out of the atmosphere through a osmosis process. and when it leaks out it leaks out you're not harming anything you're borrowing the gas from the atmosphere and letting it go back it's not polluting anything and it's not causing an imbalance it's totally harmless

    • Jason
      Lv 7
      8 months agoReport

      No, helium does not come from the atmosphere. It is a byproduct of natural gas mining.

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  • 9 months ago

    Yes. That stuff has better uses.

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  • 9 months ago

    Probably because they aren't making any more of it.

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  • Lôn
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    Why?....because some numpty might try to inhale it to sound like Pinky and Perky?

    Darwinism in action!

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