Welcome to The Cost of Energy. This site and related energy and environmental writing are the work of Lou Grinzo. This page is meant to give the first-time visitors a quick overview of the “rules of the road” on this site.
- I like to interact with readers, especially in any thread marked as an “open thread” (usually in the title as well as in the list of categories at the end of the post). Ask questions in comments, tell me what you’d like me to write about, tell me where you think I’m wrong, post links to energy or environmental items on the web that you think I or other readers might like, etc.
- I don’t like to edit things once they’re posted, whether it’s my own writing or something anyone’s posted. When I do have to make changes, I prefer to add a note at the top of the post explaining the change and then leave the post intact. If you leave a comment and it doesn’t show up right away, please don’t assume you’re being censored. All comments wait in a “moderation queue” for me to OK them. Sometimes I don’t get to them for a day, and every once in a while I won’t get the e-mail notification from the web site that a post is in the queue, so it might sit for a couple of days until I happen to notice it or someone e-mails me and asks about it.
- I try very hard (and sometimes fail) to keep the language on this site acceptable for kids and other people with tender sensibilities. I would appreciate your restraint in this area.
- I try to keep this site as solidly grounded in fact as possible. If you post a comment about some guy your cousin knows who once saw a 300 MPG fuel injection system in some inventor’s garage, don’t be surprised if the comment goes straight into the big bit bucket in the sky. Similarly, posts that read like the daily talking points from climate change denier central will almost always fail to make it through the moderation process. Life is too short to waste any of it refuting those non-arguments for the 10,000th time online.