On November 12th 2012, a popular petition asked for the construction of a Death Star. At the time of this post, 34,435 people have signed the petition. There are good purposes listed for this construction : engineering, job creation, space exploration…
The White House responded and unfortunately, there will be no such project. The main reasons are the estimated cost (just as lowering the deficit can’t afford a $850,000,000,000,000,000 project…), especially with such a vulnerability.
But the most reassuring is that the government does not support planet blow up !
The response by itself is worth reading. Maybe that we are not ready to see a full scale Death Star, but that is for a good reason. Read the petition and the anser.