Sunday, 13 January 2013

Petition for 'Death Star': White House Declines

The second Death Star under construction in Re...
The second Death Star under construction in Return of the Jedi (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The White House has posted a response (yes, it’s real) on its web site to a petition asking that the federal government “[s]ecure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016.” The petition, which garnered nearly 35,000 signatures, was posted on the White House petition site in November.

The short answer? No. A few reasons for not building a Death Star:

  • 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?

The Death Star, officially called the DS-1 Orbital Battle Station, is a piece of fiction (so far) which appeared in the Star Wars movies. It was the main feature in the Galactic Empire‘s arsenal and was capable of destroying a planet with one shot of its super laser.

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Source: Forbes Magazine.

Actual public petition for construction of 'Death Star' with White House response:
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