Ron Lamberty, Senior Vice President of the American Coalition for Ethanol, is applauding the Chicago Finance Committee’s passage of an ordinance that would lead to more E15 locations across the city. “We congratulate the Chicago Finance Committee for moving this ordinance forward; Chicagoans are now one step closer to better air quality and cleaner fuel choices.”
He went on to say,“The city of Chicago has always been a leader when it comes to fuel. It was the first city in the United States to ban lead in gasoline, the first to choose ethanol over MTBE in reformulated gas, and this ordinance would make Chicago the first major city to guarantee drivers the choice of a lower cost, higher octane, clean E15 fuel. It’s important to note that regular gas will still be available, drivers will simply gain the additional choice of E15.”
Tom Buis CEO of Growth Energy issued the following statement: “Once again, Chicago displayed its leadership qualities and took an important step in helping clean up the air in Chicago by breaking up the near monopoly that oil companies have on the liquid fuels market. By advancing this ordinance, the Finance Committee has demonstrated that they are serious when it comes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and toxic carcinogens in the air. Furthermore, they have displayed their resolve to ensure that Chicago motorists and other consumers have market access to a sustainable, cleaner burning, less expensive homegrown fuel that supports 73,156 Illinois jobs and generates $4.7 billion for the state’s economy. By moving to E15, Chicago can help create an additional 12,000 Illinois jobs that can’t be outsourced.”
Buis added that E15 is the most tested fuel in the history of this country. The Department of Energy tested 86 vehicles over six million miles, and NASCAR has driven well over six million miles in some of the harshest and most demanding situations without ever experiencing any issues, other than increased horsepower and performance.