The White House has turned down a wildly popular online petition to begin construction on an orbiting planet sized weapons platform. What happened? You guys used to be cool.

Paul Shawcross, chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget had this to say about the proposed project.

"The Administration shares your desire for job creation and a strong national defense, but a Death Star isn't on the horizon. We're working hard to reduce the deficit, not expand it (the Death Star would cost around $850,000,000,000,000,000). Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?"

Shawcross also points out that "The Administration does not support blowing up planets." Like we said,  you guys used to be cool. It's obvious the entire cabinet is made up of nerds, because in closing Shawcross offered this last bit of advice.

"If you do pursue a career in a science, technology, engineering or math-related field, the Force will be with us! Remember, the Death Star's power to destroy a planet, or even a whole star system, is insignificant next to the power of the Force."

[via This Isn't the Petition Response You're Looking For]