On a lighter note: Petition to build Death Star gets White House response…it’s too expensive

by | Jan 14, 2013 | History, International Space Station, On a Lighter Note, space station, Technology | 0 comments

As Western governments try to convince their respective publics that they are truly listening, they have set up the capability for web petitions to be posted with a promise to respond if an individual petition receives enough backing.  Thus a new petition in USA demanding the construction of a Star Wars “Death Star” by 2016  which received backing from 35,000 signatories has elicited the following response from the Obama administration. 

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Death Star Courtesy: starwars.wikia.com

The response is from Paul Shawcross , Chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget:

The Administration shares your desire for job creation and a strong national defense, 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.
  • 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 full amusing response is here.

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