The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee chairman pressed Postmaster General Louis DeJoyLouis DeJoyEnergy & Environment Interior is in hot seat after court halts drilling sales EPA presses USPS for a halt to purchase of up to 165K gasoline-powered vehicles Biden stiff arms progressives about the Postal ServiceFind out more about the progress of the U.S. electrification project. Friday was the last day of the fleet of vehicles in the Postal Services, just days after a similar request by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Sen. Tom CarperThomas (Tom Richard Carper) Nearly 200 Democrats back EPA Supreme Court emissions case Bottom Line Biden comments add momentum for climate measures MORE (D-Del.) (D-Del.) The Postal Service has an excellent opportunity to lead the federal government’s transition to electric vehicles. Accordingly, the agency should complete a Supplemental Environment Impact Statement for vehicle purchases.
Recent communications from the EPA/CEQ concern me deeply [White House Council on Environmental Quality]Carper stated that the USPS Environmental Impact Statement, (EIS), for Next Generation Delivery Vehicles(NGDV) is flawed in that it underestimates the long-term cost of operating and maintaining gasoline-fueled vehicles and overestimates those costs when purchasing and charging electric delivery vehicles.
The Delaware Democrat expressed concern that the plan would reduce Postal Service’s competitiveness compared with the private sector. He also pointed out that Rivian has signed a contract to receive 100,000 electric delivery vehicles from Amazon. FedEx, on the other hand, plans to buy tens or thousands of electric vehicles by 2030. The goal is carbon neutrality by 2040.
Wednesday was Wednesday for both the EPA as the CEQ. They sent letters to DeJoy (a long-time donor to the former). President TrumpDonald TrumpOhio Republican Bernie Moreno suspends Senate election RNC committee advances resolution de censure Cheney, Kinzinger. Barr must testify on Jan. 6, MOREDeJoy to cancel the planned purchase up to 165,000 gas-powered Postal Service vehicles. Vicki Arroyo, EPA Associate Administrator for Policies, noted in the letter how DeJoy’s plan would only require 10% of new Postal Service trucks be electrified.
She wrote that a ten percent commitment to clean vehicles with almost no fuel efficiency gains for other 90 percent is clearly inconsistent with international, state, and national GHG emissions reduction targets as well as specific national policies to move at a deliberate pace toward clean, zero-emitting cars.
Arroyo also stated that the Postal Service’s plans are based on existing infrastructure for electric vehicle charging, rather than anticipating its expansion in the future.
Carper stated that if USPS moves forward on the basis EIS, it will not only be unwise but also expose the service for significant legal risk. You can change your path before any vehicles are purchased.
The Hill reached out to the Postal Service in order to get their feedback.