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White House Must Answer Petition To 'Build Death Star' 384

EdIII writes "The White House petition to secure funding for building the Death Star has garnered over 25,000 signatures, which means the White House must officially respond. I can't wait to see it. My question to Slashdot readers: what modifications would you add to the proposed Death Star? Obviously, as one journalist put it, 'guardrails around any of the facility's seemingly endless number of bridges, spans, shafts and pits.' What other changes would you ask your representatives to make?"

Comment Re:Park and charge (Score 1) 907

I'm not saying it is a bad idea, but a "ooh electric, I'm automatically helping the environment" outlook is a bit nearsighted.

It automatically helps the enviroment if one has the option to purchase emissions-free electricity http://www.energymaine.com/mresources/. If I could afford an electric car that gets its power from my already green home electricity supply, the environmental impact of my family's energy use would drop dramatically.

Even without completely green energy production, though, shifting the energy source from gasoline to power plant can help to make the problem more manageable, even though it certainly does not make it disappear. Point-source pollution is a lot easier (relatively-speaking) to clean up and control than a distributed source like a gigantic fleet of cars.

Upgrade one power plant to a cleaner fuel, install new scrubbers, etc, and you have automatically updated all of the cars that get their power from that plant.

Some people have a great ambition: to build something that will last, at least until they've finished building it.