I Want to Believe

Well, this should just about clear it up once and for all.  The White House has said it has no evidence that extraterrestrial creatures exist.

Barack Obama‘s administration made the assertion earlier this week in response to feedback on its website, which allows people to submit online petitions to which officials must respond if those petitions gain enough signatures.

In this instance, more than 5,000 people signed a petition asking that the White House confirm the government’s knowledge of extraterrestrial life. More than 12,000 signed a second petition demanding formal acknowledgment of an extraterrestrial presence engaging with the human race here on Earth.

In response, Phil Larson of the White House office of science and technology policy said that government officials have no evidence that life exists beyond our own planet, or that an extraterrestrial being has ever contacted a member of the human race.

“In addition, there is no credible information to suggest that any evidence is being hidden from the public’s eye,” Larson wrote.

However, he did rule out the possibility of humans one day contacting alien races, noting that scientists believe the chances are good that there is life somewhere among the “trillions and trillions of stars in the universe.”

Thanks to the “We the People” website, which went online back in September, the government has also addressed other topics like the legalization of marijuana, gay marriage, and student loan debt.