The Helium-3 Shortage, and More from CRS

Noteworthy new reports from the Congressional Research Service include the following (all pdf).

“The Helium-3 Shortage: Supply, Demand, and Options for Congress,” September 21, 2010.

“China’s Steel Industry and Its Impact on the United States: Issues for Congress,” September 21, 2010.

“Authority of State and Local Police to Enforce Federal Immigration Law,” September 17, 2010.

“Statutory Damage Awards in Peer-to-Peer File Sharing Cases Involving Copyrighted Sound Recordings: Recent Legal Developments,” September 16, 2010.

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  1. George Smith October 5, 2010 at 3:56 PM #

    Well, we’ll just have to buy that helium-3 for neutron detectors from China. I’m sure many of the parts in the detectors are already made there.

    Unintentionally humorous bit in the CRS summation on China’s steel production, this after so much manufacturing has gone to that country.

    China wants to invest in a steel plant here, which was what the Reagan administrationm, as part of a protectionist strategy, allowed the Japanese to do when that nation’s auto industry put the American industry under a rock decades ago:

    ‘[A congressional group] described the proposed deal as a threat to ‘economic security’ … stating that an invesment by a state-controlled Chinese company provides several unfair trade advantages … and that it will eventually lead to the loss of American manufacturing jobs and the further migration of the manufacturing base.”

    Amusing because it’s from a governing body that has actually worked in the past to accelerate ‘migration of the manufacturing base’ for the benefit of ‘the market.’ Again, it’s a shame you can’t determine which members’ offices requested this report.

    Since the report seems to indicate there might be a need to support the requests of steel-workers unions, it would be intriguing information from a political standpoint.

    I recommend this video — Ha Ha Ha, America — which explains things in a demoralizingly flip but amusing fashion.

    For the short version, see China Toilet Blooz.