The White House has published an official response to an online petition requesting the construction of a Death Star.
Back in November, the We The People website started a petition – ‘Secure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016’ – for the Death Star to be built, and gathered 34,435 signatures.
Paul Shawcross, chief of the science and space branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget, has published a response, titled ‘This Isn’t the Petition Response You’re Looking For:
“The Administration shares your desire for job creation and a strong national defence, but a Death Star isn’t on the horizon. Here are a few reasons;
The construction of the Death Star has been estimated to cost more than $850,000,000,000,000,000. We’re working hard to reduce the deficit, not expand it. The Administration does not support blowing up planets. [And] why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?
We don’t have a Death Star, but we do have floating robot assistants on the Space Station, a President who knows his way around a light saber and advanced (marshmallow) cannon, and the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency, which is supporting research on building Luke’s arm, floating droids, and quadruped walkers. We are living in the future! Enjoy it. Or better yet, help build it by pursuing a career in a science, technology, engineering or math-related field.”
Source: Digital Spy