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What’s At Stake

Update, 7/20/22: Your letters to the Postal Service continue to make a difference. The Postal Service just announced it will make at least 40% of its next truck purchases electric. This is a huge win: when we started pushing for electrification in September of 2021, the Postal Service only planned on electrifying 5% of its next purchase. This news is a testament to the hard work and activism of supporters like you, who have sent more than 100,000 letters to the Postal Service in the last year. However, 40% is not 100%, and it remains the case that every gallon of oil needlessly burned by a new postal truck is missed opportunity to fight the climate crisis and clean our air. The Postal Service’s comment period for their Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement is still ongoing, so we need to make our voices heard that 40% is not enough. Help us make waves today and to call for them to electrify the entire fleet.

After spending months lying to the public about its misguided plan to replace its fleet with 90% polluting trucks, the United States Postal Service just announced its intent to conduct a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS). The SEIS is an opportunity for the Postal Service to redo its flawed analysis, and it comes after more than 75,000 Earthjustice supporters told the Postal Service that its first round of analysis was insufficient.

While we’re relieved the Postal Service heard our roar, this struggle is far from over. The chances are slim that Postmaster General Louis DeJoy had a change of heart about air pollution or the climate crisis – rather, it seems likely the Postal Service is using the SEIS to find new justifications for buying gas guzzlers after its original rationale was refuted.

The deck is stacked against us at the moment, but it’s critical we show that we’re still engaged on this issue so the next generation of Postal Service leadership doesn’t hesitate to do what’s right. Join us in filing a public comment urging the Postal Service to go 100% electric.

The consequences of the status quo are too significant to ignore. 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.

The future is electric, whether or not the Postal Service leadership is willing to admit that. We cannot let them squander this once-in-a-generation opportunity to electrify our postal fleet. Earthjustice and partners are already suing the agency for its failures, but ultimately we need continued public pressure from people like you to get the job done. Please join us in filing a public comment in support of a 100% electric postal fleet.

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USPS mail trucks make up more than 30% of the federal government’s vehicles.

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.