Clear the Air, Chicago. Give Drivers a Renewable Choice.
With the Chicago Clean Air Ordinance, Chicagoans have the chance to enjoy the benefits of renewable fuels, thanks to a new choice coming to the market: a renewable blend called E15. Why? Because E15 is …
- Better for Our Air. Making E15 gas available to Chicago drivers will improve our air quality and reduce the rate of life-threatening diseases from toxic engine emissions. While Chicago has made great strides over the years, its air quality is still among the worst in the nation. On top of that, the oil industry continues polluting our air and water with petcoke and harmful fossil fuel tailpipe emissions. But the cheaper, cleaner, Illinois-grown renewable fuel in E15 gasoline will help improve air quality and put a stop to toxic pollutants that cause life-threatening illnesses in Chicago – especially on the South Side.
- A Source of New Jobs. Using more Illinois-grown renewable fuels will mean more jobs for Illinois families. The renewable fuels industry currently supports over 73,000 jobs in Illinois alone. That translates to $4.7 billion in wages and a whopping $17.5 billion in annual economic output. Nationwide, moving to E15 fuel will create another 136,000 American jobs that can’t be outsourced.
- A Needed Choice in the Marketplace. Regular gasoline will still continue to be available; this ordinance will just give you another choice. But right now, you and your neighbors don’t even have the option to buy E15 at the gas station. That’s because the oil industry monopoly blocks renewable fuels from our fueling infrastructure. Illinois’ fuel producers simply want to compete in a free market and offer consumers a choice and savings.
- Less Expensive. E15 gas really is less expensive than regular gas, saving consumers between 5 and 15 cents per gallon. On top of that, it’s made right here in Illinois from homegrown renewable fuels, and it’s getting more efficient to produce every year thanks to the ingenuity of Illinois’ agriculture and renewable fuels industries. And because ethanol increases the available fuel supply, it drives down the demand for oil and reduces the price of gasoline for all drivers regardless of whether they choose a higher blend fuel like E15. In 2013, ethanol saved American consumers more than $100 billion.
- Homegrown. E15 is a blend of 85 percent gasoline and up to 15 percent renewable fuel. The renewable fuel in E15 – ethanol – is grown and produced right here in Illinois. Ethanol is a higher-octane fuel that improves engine performance. Gas stations across America are offering E15 at a price advantage over regular gas. And a lot of drivers are eager for the opportunity to buy a high performance fuel at a lower cost. That’s why we’re supporting this proposal in Chicago that would make E15 available as an option to drivers.
- Safe to Rely On. When it comes to E15, it’s only your savings that are likely to go up! Right now, gas prices are always changing because of the stranglehold the oil industry has over our prices. And because oil companies have rigged the system to block competition from homegrown renewable fuels, we’re stuck relying on unstable foreign oil markets that threaten our national security and our energy security. That’s why unrest in places like Iraq and Ukraine cause prices to skyrocket at the gas pump here in Chicago. But Illinois-grown renewable fuels are 100% made in America.
- Usable Today. The EPA has approved E15 for use with light duty vehicles model year 2001 and newer, which represent over 80 percent of the cars, trucks and SUVs on the road today as well as 85 percent of unleaded fuel sold. E15 is the most widely tested fuel ever in the United States. The Department of Energy drove 86 different vehicles a total of 6 million miles, and found no harm to emissions equipment and no issues with engine durability. In fact, because ethanol is a high octane, high performance fuel, it actually improves your engine performance.
- Good for Our Climate. According to Argonne National Laboratory, ethanol reduces greenhouse gas emissions on average 34 percent compared to gasoline – and is even better with next-generation cellulosic ethanol.
- A Non-Factor in Our Food Prices. Ethanol is produced from inedible corn, and newer technologies are allowing it to be produced from agricultural waste. And since animal feed is a major co-product of the ethanol production process, the U.S. ethanol industry is now the third largest supplier of animal feed in the world.So why are food prices rising? According to the World Bank, the number one cause of food inflation is rising crude oil prices, because it raises the cost of producing and transporting the world’s food.
Why Chicago E15?
In 2012, ethanol use reduced carbon emissions equal to removing 5.2 million vehicles from the road.
Drivers would save 5 to 15 cents with E15.
Better for engines
Ethanol is a higher-octane fuel that improves engine performance.