Obama dashes Death Star dreams

Last updated 20:14 12/01/2013
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COST THE MOON: The estimated cost of real-world Death Star came in at US$850,000,000,000,000,000.

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The Obama administration dashed the hopes of Star Wars geeks across the galaxy by rejecting an official petition calling for the US government to build a Death Star, the fictional planet-destroying space station featured in the Star Wars movies.

"The Administration shares your desire for job creation and a strong national defence, but a Death Star isn't on the horizon," said Paul Shawcross, head of the White House budget office's science and space branch.

"The Administration does not support blowing up planets," Shawcross wrote in a response to the 34,435 people who signed the petition on the White House website.

The White House accepts petitions and responds to the most popular ones. Most of the petitions on the website address weighty policy issues.

But in recent weeks, national attention has been drawn to quirky petitions, such as one that supports the minting of a trillion-dollar platinum coin to avoid a debt default if Congress fails to raise the US debt limit next month.

The Death Star petitioners argued the project would create jobs and strengthen national defence. But it would be costly, particularly at a time when the government is fixated on finding ways to slash spending and reduce its debt.

"The construction of the Death Star has been estimated to cost more than US$850,000,000,000,000,000 (NZ$1,015,956,493,157,235,968.00). We're working hard to reduce the deficit, not expand it," Shawcross said. 

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- Reuters

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