This is the first real opportunity to get a feeling for whether childhood dreams will be crushed or Disney, with the help of...
breath new life
I think a comma after crushed would have helped. It took me too long to parse that sentence (even after pausing to breath). Anyway, aside from my grammar complaints in the summary, I haven't much to say about this. We'll see how it turns out.
We're already extracting tons and tons of Helium every year, we're just not bothering to capture it because it has no economic value.
Is helium extraction output really measured in tons? I'd think negative tons would be a more helpful metric. Anyway, I would buy He in tanks by cubic feet and psi.