The city of Chicago is considering a proposal that would bring E15 — a blend of 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline — to every fuel station in the city. As this proposal gains momentum, no doubt we’ll see plenty of sensationalized claims and emotional articles pushed by Big Oil companies and parroted by the mainstream media about the “dangers” of E15.
That’s why it was refreshing to read this post on E15 at the Huffington Post blog from researchers at the Argonne National Laboratory. Here’s a snippet:
…our research indicates that, if the City of Chicago makes this higher-ethanol fuel available at gas stations, every person who opts for E15 will be making a small but real contribution toward our long-term goal of a clean energy future.
Isn’t that refreshing to read? A statement on E15 in a mainstream publication based on legitimate research, not rhetoric. A balanced opinion that doesn’t make wild claims. Actual insight that sparks conversation, not more shouting and manufactured debate.
The Argonne researchers are right: E15 isn’t the magical cure to all of our energy problems, but it’s a major step in the right direction. Let’s give consumers the choice of using this cleaner burning, homegrown and less expensive fuel every time they fill up.