WASHINGTON -- Kid you, I do not. Imagining things, you are not.
That’s what Master Yoda would probably tell you when you learn that the White House will have to offer a formal response to a petition on its website calling for the federal government to begin construction of a Death Star by 2016.
The petition was submitted to the White House’s “We the People” website. The website was created by the Obama Administration as a way for citizens to engage with the government. It’s the same site that was flooded with petitions from people from all 50 states asking to secede from the union following the November elections.
“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,” reads the petition.
The White House said that any petition which receives at least 25,000 signatures within 30 days of its posting will receive a response from a White House staffer. The Death Star petition, which was posted Nov. 14, had over 27,000 signatures as of Friday morning. It just made the deadline.
“Great, kid. Don’t get cocky.” – Han Solo
Building a Death Star on the same scale as the ones in the movies won’t be cheap or quick. Coincidentally, a recent blog from students at Lehigh University said it would cost $852,000,000,000,000,000 -- roughly 13,000 times the world’s Gross Domestic Product -- to build the Death Star. That’s just the cost of producing steel.
In order to find enough molten material to get all that steel, you’d have to access the earth’s core – an expensive proposition by itself.
Even if you did get all the materials and money, the Lehigh students figured it would take roughly 833,315 years just to produce enough steel to even begin production.
“Try not. Do. Or do not. There is no try.” - Yoda
We haven’t even begun talking about the cost of labor on this thing. Maybe someone should consult with Lando Calrissian, who complained about supply and labor problems on Cloud City in “The Empire Strikes Back.”
Think it can’t be done?
“I find your lack of faith disturbing.” – Darth Vader
If it ever does get built, hopefully someone will come up with a better way to defend it. It only took a few small ships to blow up two of them in the movies.