The Postal Service is currently in the process of replacing its outdated mail trucks. We were optimistic the Postal Service would listen to us about the benefits of an electric fleet — cleaner air, lower emissions, and healthier communities — but it doubled down on its inexplicable preference for polluting trucks in the recently published Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The Postal Service’s misguided decision is going to cost all of us — and it’s time we hold them accountable.
We’re not alone in our confusion and frustration with the agency’s insistence to move as slowly as possible towards progress. The Environmental Protection Agency had this to say about it: “While the Postal Service identified a clear need to update the existing Postal Fleet with more energy efficient vehicles, we do not believe a proper analysis was conducted that would support the Postal Service’s preferred alternative.” In other words, the evidence does not support the Postal Service’s selection of polluting trucks that have little to no fuel efficiency gains from the trucks the agency purchased in the 1990s.
Rather than addressing that criticism, the Postal Service brushed it aside and moved on. It’s now clear that we must hold the Postal Service accountable for its harmful, low-quality work. On such an important issue, we cannot let faulty analysis lead us to an outcome that threatens our future. Transportation is the largest source of climate pollution in the United States, 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 future.
The Postal Service’s bad analysis is now actionable, which means it could start ordering gas-powered trucks soon, barring intervention by the Governing Board of the Postal Service. Time is not on our side, and we simply cannot afford to miss this opportunity to make sure one of the world’s largest civilian fleets is all-electric. Join us in calling on the Postal Service to reassess its replacement plans and work towards a zero-emissions future.