Yep with all the things the goverment can focus on, Paul Shawcross, Chief of the Science and Space Branch of the White House Office of Management and Budget, actually responded to this petition and in a rather fun way! The sad news we won’t be getting our own DeathStar anytime soon. Sad day.
On the plus side here are the reasons why. He noted the Deathstar would cost about $850,000,000,000,000,000 to build (that’s 850 quadrillion dollars). He further goes on to say “Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?”
My response to that? You guys spend our money on countless other things, so why not! He also notes, “The Administration does not support blowing up planets,” and we know thats a lie! Who wouldn’t want to do that!
Joking aside, it was a rather cool response to a funny petition and we couldn’t help but share it with all the Star Wars fans we have here! On the other hand, Star Wars is nearing closer as Paul also noted “we’ve got two spacecraft leaving the Solar System and we’re building a probe that will fly to the exterior layers of the sun. We are discovering hundreds of new planets in other star systems and building a much more powerful successor to the Hubble Space Telescope that will see back to the early days of the universe.”
It’s nice to see someone in government has not only a sense of humor, but can also acknowledge the entertainment mediums in a fun way. It’s nice seeing this in a time clouded by nimrods blaming video games and movies for all their problems. So thank you Paul Shawcross, but maybe the next president will give you the budget to build our Death Star!
You can read the full response here.