Citing budgetary constraints, planet conservation and fundamental design flaws with the original design, Shawcross extinguished any hope that such a project will ever see the light of day, let alone a Rebel assault fleet. And besides, "the Administration does not support blowing up planets," he points out. (To which I ask, what about Pluto?)
Read the full White House response, it's pure squeezed awesomejuice:
This Isn't the Petition Response You're Looking For
By Paul Shawcross The Administration shares your desire for job creation and a strong national defense, but a Death Star isn't on the horizon. Here are a few reasons:
The construction of the Death Star The Administration does not support blowing up planets.
Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?
However, look carefully (here's how) and you'll notice something already floating in the sky - that's no Moon, it's a Space Station! Yes, we already have a giant, football field-sized International Space Station in orbit around the Earth that's helping us learn how humans can live and thrive in space for long durations. The Space Station has six astronauts - American, Russian, and Canadian - living in it right now, conducting research, learning how to live and work in space over long periods of time, routinely welcoming visiting spacecraft and repairing onboard garbage mashers, etc. We've also got two robot science labs - one wielding a laser - roving around Mars, looking at whether life ever existed on the Red Planet.