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Electrify the Postal Service

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What’s At Stake

Right now, the United States Postal Service has an opportunity to bring cleaner air to almost every community in the country. The Postal Service is planning to make a major purchase to add up to 165,000 new vehicles to its fleet — the largest civilian fleet in the world. These new postal trucks will be on the roads for decades, and we need to make sure they are electric. Join us in calling on the Postal Service to commit to 100% electric vehicles. 

Transportation is the largest source of climate pollution in the U.S. and air pollution from fossil fuel vehicles harms people’s health, especially in low-income communities and communities of color where government policies have deliberately concentrated transportation pollution. By upgrading to electric vehicles, the Postal Service can cut dangerous air pollution across the country and help put us on a path to an all-electric, zero-emissions transportation future. 

President Biden promised to electrify the federal fleet as part of his plan to cut climate pollution in half by 2030 and advance environmental justice. But Trump-appointed Postmaster General DeJoy is standing in the way. He is proposing to purchase tens of thousands of new fossil fuel vehicles — and only 10% electric vehicles. Tell Postmaster General DeJoy that our lungs and our planet deserve better. 

As we accelerate the country’s transition towards electric transportation powered by renewable energy, we need the Postal Service to lead the charge. The Postal Service reliably serves every part of the country, benefiting everyone in the United States by connecting rural and urban communities alike. We cannot let a Trump-appointee impede the next iteration of the Postal Service’s mission by limiting electric trucks and their benefits to a small fraction of the country. 

Everyone deserves an electric postal truck and cleaner air in their neighborhood. Please join us in fighting for a 100% electric postal fleet.

Two U.S. Postal Service vehicles parked in a parking lot.
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U.S. Postal Service mail vehicles sit in a parking lot at a mail distribution center on February 18, 2015 in San Francisco, California. The Postal Service is looking to replace their aging fleet of mail delivery vehicles as their current trucks are becoming too small to meet the needs of their growing package delivery from large e-commerce vendors.

Your Actions Matter

Your messages make a difference, even if we have leaders who don't want to listen. Here's why.

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You level the playing field.

Elected officials pay attention when they see that we are paying attention.

They may be hearing from industry lobbyists left and right, but hearing the stories of their constituents — that’s your power.

Our legislators serve at the pleasure of the people who gave them their job — you. When you contact your elected official, you’re putting a face and a name on an issue. Whether or not you voted for them, they work for you, for the duration of their term.

Make sure your elected officials know whose community and whose values they represent. (Find your local, state, and federal elected officials.)

Your action is with us in court.

If a federal agency finalizes a harmful action, the record of public comments provides a basis for bringing them into court.

Throughout each of the public comment periods we alert you to, Earthjustice’s attorneys are researching and writing in-depth, technical comments to submit — detailing how the regulation could and should be stronger to protect the environment, our communities, and our planet.

We need you to join us — your specific experiences, knowledge, and voice are crucial to add to the Administrative Record through the comment periods.

Lawsuits we file that challenge weak or harmful federal regulations rely on what was submitted during the comment period. The court can only look at documents that are in the Administrative Record — including the public comments — to decide if the agency did something improper.

Your actions aid our litigation. Taking action and submitting comments during a comment period is substantively important.

It’s the law.

Federal agencies must pause what they’re doing and ask for — and consider — your comment.

Many of us may have never heard of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), but laws like these require our government to ask the public to weigh in before agencies adopt or change regulations.

Regulations essentially describe how federal agencies will carry out laws — including decisions that could undermine science, or weaken safeguards on public health.

Public comments are collected at various points throughout the federal government’s rulemaking process, including when a regulation is proposed and finalized. (Learn more about the rulemaking process.) These comments become part of the official, legal public record — the “Administrative Record.”

When the public responds with a huge outpouring of support for environmental protections, these individual messages collectively undercut politicians' attempts to claim otherwise.

What this means is each of us can take a role in shaping the rules our government creates — and ensuring those rules are fair and effective.