Casper, Wyoming ICBTS News
Need Money for Hungry Children? Consider U-235
Tracking down wealthy benefactors was once pretty tiring work for Tim Ashley of Universal Village Pantry, an organization dedicated to feeding impoverished children in the third world.
“People think when you have a good cause, the money just pours in, but it’s not that simple. There are thousands of worthy charities, and very wealthy people are always being asked to help, so you don’t just get a sugar daddy every day. Regular folks can only give a small amount and that means a very expensive marketing campaign.”
Enter Uranium, and the nuclear ambitions of developing countries around the world.
“A lot of the world’s uranium is right here in Wyoming,” says Ashley, a Casper native, born and raised. “Ever since our charity purchased 200 acres of land with unencumbered mineral rights, we began attracting interest from Venezuela, Cuban, even Russia.”
Of course, having the raw dirt and actually being able to market uranium are two different things. As a highly volatile substance capable, theoretically, of producing a controlled reaction that could kill millions of people, mining and refining uranium is subject to massive regulatory oversight.
“That’s where government connections come in,” Ashley says. “After the Clinton Global Initiative had such success with helpful foreign policy-makers gaining access to our own regulatory agencies, we decided to just to let some of them do the work. Right now, we’re taking what you would call ‘option’ money.”
Ashley was eager to show off the new world headquarters of Universal Village Pantry, a posh four story affair sporting a new heliport.
“You just can’t believe how interested people get in feeding children when uranium is involved.”