The White House has turned down a popular petition to begin construction on a Death Star in fairly hilarious fashion.
"The Administration shares your desire for job creation and a strong national defence, but a Death Star isn't on the horizon," writes Paul Shawcross, chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget, in a response titled "This Isn't the Petition Response You're Looking For."
Among the reasons listed are the estimated $US850,000,000,000,000,000 cost ("We're working hard to reduce the deficit, not expand it"), and the known Death Star vulnerability ("Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?"). Perhaps most crucially, Shawcross points out that "The Administration does not support blowing up planets."
He goes on to highlight the impressive space vessels and stations that already do exist, urging petitioners to consider a career in science, technology, engineering or maths. (Hmm, notice the order he put those in?)
"If you do pursue a career in a science, technology, engineering or math-related field," Shawcross writes, "the Force will be with us! Remember, the Death Star's power to destroy a planet, or even a whole star system, is insignificant next to the power of the Force."
This Isn't the Petition Response You're Looking For [White House]