CHICAGO (CBS) — Aldermen have delayed action on a proposed ordinance that would require many gas stations to offer fuel that contains a higher blend of ethanol, in an issue that has Mayor Rahm Emanuel and powerful Ald. Ed Burke (14th) at odds.
Several aldermen teamed up to defer a full City Council vote on requiring about 25 percent of stations in the city to equip at least one pump to carry so-called E15 fuel, which is 15 percent ethanol, compared to 10 percent in most other gasoline.
After the meeting, the mayor told reporters the whole proposal needs work.
“Before we take a step like that, I think this ordinance needs a little more time to be thought through, and done in a way that doesn’t put undue burdens on the small businesses, but also makes sure that our goal as a city – and from an environmental policy – is also met,” Emanuel said.
Burke, who chairs the Finance Committee which backed the ordinance he sponsored earlier this week, bristled at the mayor’s comments.
“Well, we’ve been studying it for quite a while, and I think that – in terms of small businesses – there’s only about 100 filling stations that would be affected by the law, with the amendments we adopted,” he said.