OK, guilty as charged. I used a photo of an oil-drenched water bird (I’m not great at bird identification or I’d tell you what kind – a goose? a swan? a water chicken?) atop this week’s poll, which amounted to a large, blinking arrow saying “Pick this answer!” That answer, of course, being “yes” the state should shut down the 63-year-old Enbridge oil and gas pipeline running beneath the Straits of Mackinac.
But I don’t think any of you needed the hint. Of 168 people taking the poll, 166 agreed, many of them, no doubt, with visions of the Alaskan shore after the Exxon-Valdez disaster dancing in their heads.
Steering or not, that’s a helluva majority. You normally don’t get that kind of whopping consensus unless the question is Capt. Obvious easy, like “Would you rather stick a fork in your eye or endure another six months of the presidential campaign?”
By the way, that’s next week’s question.
If you want more info on Line 5 (that’s what they call the pipeline), here’s a link to the National Wildlife Federation’s 2012 report ‘Sunken Hazard: Aging oil pipelines beneath the Straits of Mackinac an ever-present threat to the Great Lakes’.
To view the poll and the comments click here.
Photo credit: Dee Ashley