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It's Time for the U.S. Postal Service to Transition to 100% Electric Vehicles!

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The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is planning a huge investment in their next generation of delivery trucks.

USPS operates THE largest fleet of government vehicles in the U.S. There are nearly 250,000 delivery trucks and almost all of them are conventional gas-guzzlers — some get an abysmal 10 miles per gallon.

Congress has promised to deliver the funding necessary to help USPS transition to EVs, which will help fight climate change and deliver major savings in fuel costs to the financially struggling agency. Now, we must escalate pressure on USPS to follow through and do its part to fight climate change.

Submit a public comment imploring USPS to transition to 100% electric vehicles (EVs) as quickly as possible to help combat the climate crisis.

Your message will be sent to:
Postmaster General Louis DeJoy
CC: Postal Board of Governors
President Joe Biden
Vice-President Kamala Harris

Dear Postmaster General DeJoy:

Thank you for everything the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) does to keep the U.S. economy moving and to bring essential services to people across the country.

I'm writing you because I'm worried that the USPS's current proposal for the purchase of next generation delivery vehicles does NOT go nearly far enough in investing in clean electric vehicles (EVs) and reducing the agency's carbon emissions.

In addition to drastically reducing dangerous carbon emissions, investing in EVs would save your agency significant funds in fuel costs -- a financial boon given that USPS has lost $69 billion over the last 11 years.

As the U.S. government agency with the largest fleet of vehicles, the USPS has a responsibility to face the climate crisis head-on and set an example for the rest of the country -- and the world -- by transitioning to 100% EVs as quickly as possible.

Your agency claims that it would be too expensive to transition to 100% EVs, but Congress has indicated that it will cover the additional costs needed to make it happen.

For the sake of our climate and clean air, USPS workers, and communities facing disproportionate impacts from climate change -- predominantly BIPOC and low-income communities -- and to ensure the continued financial stability of the agency, I urge you to commit USPS to transitioning to 100% EVs in the near future.

Thank you.

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