The Obama White House has announced it is rejecting a petition to fund a Death Star modeled after the fictional space station in Star Wars, citing costs of at least $850 quadrillion.
"The Administration shares your desire for job creation and a strong national defense, but a Death Star isn't on the horizon," wrote Paul Shawcross, chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget.
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The colorful denial from Shawcross was in response to a petition submitted to the White House "We the People" site. The Obama administration has promised to respond to any petition that gets support from at least 25,000 people. The petition to "secure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016" has received more than 34,000 signatures to date.
States the petition: "By focusing our defense resources into a space-superiority platform and weapon system such as a Death Star, the government can spur job creation in the fields of construction, engineering, space exploration, and more, and strengthen our national defense."
So what's the Obama administration's reasoning for shooting down the Death Star?
Cost, for one: "We're working hard to reduce the deficit, not expand it," Shawcross wrote.
"The Administration does not support blowing up planets."
But the most obvious reason?
"Why," Shawcross asks, "would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?"