Washington, D.C. – Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) and Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) are leading an oversight letter to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and Board of Governors Chairman Roman Martinez, urging the agency to supplement its woefully inadequate environmental impact statement before it begins to procure an overwhelmingly gas-powered delivery fleet. The letter is supported by a broad coalition of industry and environmental partners, and it comes at a critical moment: the USPS will be able to issue a record of decision and begin procuring vehicles as soon as February 6.
“Throughout its decision-making process, the USPS showed a clear bias against electric vehicles by relying on unrealistic assumptions, mistaking simple facts, and excluding data that does not support its conclusions,” said Dan Zotos, ZETA’s communications director. “Electrifying the transportation sector is among our greatest opportunities to mitigate the devastating effects of climate change, improve public health, and create good-paying American jobs.”
“After an unjustifiable, truncated, and deficient process, it is unacceptable that the USPS intends to cling to an overwhelmingly fossil-fuel powered fleet whose emissions are endangering our planet,” wrote the Senators and Representatives in their letter to Postmaster General DeJoy and Chairman Martinez. “USPS’s plans for its future delivery-vehicle fleet have subverted both our NEPA regulations and our national and international climate and public health commitments. Electrifying the transportation sector is among our greatest opportunities to mitigate the devastating effects of climate change, improve public health, and create good-paying American jobs.”
“With climate disasters increasing in strength and frequency every year and harming our communities, there’s no reason that USPS should be locking in decades of fossil fuel consumption by considering a fleet of 90% gas-powered trucks.” said Katherine García, Sierra Club’s Director of Clean Transportation for All. “Shifting to a 100% electric Postal Service is a no-brainer—and it’s also necessary for the administration to achieve its own goals of cleaning up pollution from the government fleet.”
“We commend Senators Markey and Heinrich—and all our other allies in Congress—for demanding that the Postal Service reverses its absurd decision to lock generations of Americans into overwhelmingly gas-powered mail delivery,” continued Zotos. “As the USPS faces mounting pressure from Congress, the EPA, and the CEQ, we hope it will finally recognize the gravity of this decision and swiftly change course.”
Other Senators signing the letter include Thomas Carper (D-Del.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-N.M.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Jeffrey A. Merkley (D-Ore.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio).
Representatives signing the letter include Kathy Castor (FL-14), Paul Tonko (NY-20), and Jared Huffman (CA-06).
This letter is supported by Zero Emission Transportation Association (ZETA), EVHybridNoire, Union of Concerned Scientists, Sierra Club, Climate Reality, Mobilify Southwestern Pennsylvania, Tri-State Transportation Campaign, Center for Biological Diversity, League of Conservation Voters, Earthjustice, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), CALSTART, and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF).
Read the letter.
Read ZETA’s recent Twitter thread and top-line EIS analysis:
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