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USPS going with gasoline

Ed Townsend
Posted 5/3/22

Guess what…a gasoline vs. electrified car war is charging the political spectrum in Washington.

According to Jacob Bogage, who writes about business and technology for the Washington Post, …

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USPS going with gasoline

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Guess what…a gasoline vs. electrified car war is charging the political spectrum in Washington.

According to Jacob Bogage, who writes about business and technology for the Washington Post, “Democrats on the House Oversight Committee are seeking an investigation into a U.S. Postal Service plan to replace 90% of its aging mail trucks with gasoline powered vehicles.”

Bogage noted that the “U.S. Postal Service finalized plans recently to purchase up to 148,000 gasoline-powered mail delivery trucks, defying Biden administration officials’ objections that the multibillion-dollar contract would undercut the nation’s climate goals.”

The Washington Post reporter noted, “Postmaster General Louis DeJoy disregarded requests from the White House Council on Environmental Quality and the Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider replacing the delivery fleet with an electrified fleet.”

According to Bogage, “the decision is a major blow to the White House’s climate agenda as President Biden has pledged to transition the federal fleet to clean power, and apart from the military, the Postal Service has more vehicles than any other government agency.”

The Post reported that “Environmental advocates assailed the agency’s decision saying it would lock in decades of climate-warming emissions and worsen air pollution.”

DeJoy has accused Congress and climate activists of “pushing the mail agency toward electric vehicles as a matter of public policy in the face of the Postal Service’s deteriorating fleet and dire financial condition.”

The Postmaster General recently said, “his agency was open to pursuing more electric vehicles if additional funding from either internal or congressional sources becomes available,” but he added, “that the agency had waited long enough for new vehicles.”

The political playmaking in Washington will hopefully help improve what some are saying is the poor state of our present mail service.

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