Early Sunday morning, we published a post about energy efficiency from one of our most valued contributors that discussed the regional differences in attitudes towards efficiency.  The moderator who reviewed and published this post mistakenly believed that because of its allusion to southern states, the post could be improved by adding as a graphic element a flag of the Confederacy. 

Obviously, this was not the fault of the author of the post, and would not have been approved by our senior editorial staff.  The writer of the post attempted to remove the post that then appeared with a legend to that effect.  The post was completely removed on Monday morning.

I’m a Southerner myself, but I believe that this symbol should be squarely confined to the past, and not associated with the present.  Everyone at The Energy Collective, including me, apologizes to the writer and to any of our readers who saw this post and were offended by it.