White House Responds to ‘Star Wars’ Death Star Petition


In what I believe was a lighthearted moment the White House officially responded to a “We the People” petition to “secure  resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016.”

Though the White House has decided against going forward with the Death Star plan, and you can see the full version of why they oppose the idea HERE, the main points that came from the White House are:

  1. “The construction of the Death Star has been estimated to cost more than $850 quadrillion. We’re working hard to reduce the deficit, not expand it.”
  2. “The Administration does not support blowing up planets.”
  3. “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 statement was prepared by Paul Shawcross, the chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget. The Death Star petition has over 34,000 signatures; which is well over the minimum of 25,000 needed to garner a response from the White House. The “We the People” program is an online petition program that allows citizens to have a voice with their suggestions.

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