The White House has shot down the petition urging construction of a Death Star by 2016 by posting a response on its website on Jan. 11. The Death Star construction would have created jobs and provided national defense purposes according to the petition. The petition received almost 35,000 signatures.
Paul Shawcross who is chief of the White House Office of Management and Budget’s science and space branch wrote the response. He explained that even though "the Administration shares your desire for job creation and a strong national defense", building a Death Star is not in the their plans. Shawcross also presented some 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 which is officially named the DS-1 Orbital Battle Station is fiction, at least so far. The station appeared in the "Star Wars" movies and was the main element in the Galactic Empire's weapon's store. It was able to destroy a planet with just one shot of its super laser. In "Star Wars" history, Princess Leia was assisting the Rebel Alliance to destroy the Death Star. The station destroys the Princess' planet and Luke Skywalker ultimately destroys it instead. That is where Shawcross' reference to the flaw comes from.
It appears that the International Space Station is still viable and it doesn't destroy planets. There are also two rovers on Mars, and one of them has a laser. It also seems that the White House's budget does not include a $852 quadrillion investment.
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