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'This isn't the petition you're looking for': White House nixes petition to build Death Star

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Although you may find the lack of faith disturbing, the White House has rebuffed a petition to begin building a Death Star by 2016.

When the White House set up its petition site, it pledged to respond to any request which received more than 25,000 signatures.

Over 34,000 people signed the petition, which requested that the United States government secure funding and resources to start building its own Death Star within in the next three years.

According to 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."

The White House wasn't buying it, though. In a light-hearted response, penned by the Chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget, Paul Shawcross, the White House respectfully declined to build the station.

The response state that the construction of the Death Star would cost roughly $850 quadrillion (in case you're wondering, that is an 850 with 15 zeroes on the end), according to calculations by Lehigh University students, who first calculated the steel composition of the galactic weapon before determining the price tag.

The response also stated that the Obama Administration doesn't support blowing up planets. And why would they spend countless taxpayer dollars on a weapon that can be destroyed by a one-man starship?

The response goes on to plug the International Space Station ("that's no Moon, it's a Space Station"), and the two robotic science labs - one wielding a laser - exploring Mars.

Since the idea for the Death Star was blown up, maybe someone needs to start a petition to build the Millennium Falcon or the USS Enterprise. We can't leave the Trekkies out of the game, after all.

You can read the entire response here.

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