Sorry, but Death Star not planned
The Obama Administration will not be building a Death Star.
Responding to a petition on the White House website, science and technology adviser Paul Shawcross tells disappointed Star Wars fans, ‘‘This Isn’t the Petition Response You’re Looking For.’’
Shawcross explained that at US$850 quadrillion, the cost was simply too high in a time of tight budgets. Moreover ‘‘the administration does not support blowing up planets’’. And anyway, ‘‘why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?’’
Shawcross went on to say various space projects the White House has launched are at least as cool as a Death Star, which is debatable.
Anyone can post a petition on the ‘‘We the People’’ site. If a petition gets 25,000 signatures, the administration will respond. Officials have answered demands that the government recognise extraterrestrial life, allow online poker, legalise marijuana, remove ‘‘under God’’ from the Pledge of Allegiance and ban Rush Limbaugh from Armed Forces Network radio.
Many petitioners complain that the administration has issued boilerplate responses. In this case, at least, the White House clearly gave an important matter the time and attention it deserved.