Death Star 'too expensive'

The White House scuppered 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.

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White House: 'Death Star too expensive to build'

Darth Vadar oversaw the construction of the fictional planet-destroying space station featured in the Star Wars movies. Credit: PA Archive/Press Association Images

National attention has been drawn to quirky petitions accepted by the White House, like one supporting the minting of a trillion-dollar platinum coin to avoid a debt default if Congress fails to raise the U.S. debt limit next month.

The White House accepts petitions and responds to the most popular ones. Most of the petitions on its website address weighty policy issues. The Death Star petitioners argued the project would create jobs and strengthen national defense.

But it would be costly, particularly at a time when the government is fixated on finding ways to slash spending and reduce debt, officials said.

"The construction of the Death Star has been estimated to cost more than $850,000,000,000,000,000 (£526,968 billion). We're working hard to reduce the deficit, not expand it," said Paul Shawcross, head of the White House budget office's science and space branch.

President Obama strikes back on Death Star petition

The White House scuppered 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 defense, but a Death Star isn't on the horizon.

The Administration does not support blowing up planets.

– Paul Shawcross, head of the White House budget office's science and space branch

The response came to address the 34,435 people who signed the petition on the White House website.

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