White House rejects petition to build a Death Star

Remains of dead star. SOURCE: NASA.gov

Bad news for Star Wars fans: 

The White House has rejected a petition – signed by more than 34,000 people – asking the government to begin construction of a Death Star by 2016.  

The petitioners claimed that building a Death Star can “spur job creation in the fields of construction, engineering, space exploration” and “strengthen our national defense.”

Paul Shawcross, Chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget, cited three reasons why a “Death Star isn’t on the horizon”. Shawcross wrote:

  • “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.”
  • “Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?”

 

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