The Postal Service’s Subsequent Technology of Vans Should Be Electrical

The Postal Service has a significant alternative to mitigate the local weather disaster, clear up our air, and create good union jobs. As their present truck fleet ages, they’re seeking to change the automobiles with a “next-generation fleet.” That fleet – the biggest of all federal businesses’ –  may very well be composed of one hundred pc electrical automobiles made by union labour in our communities, defending our local weather and our lungs.

However Trump appointee Louis DeJoy desires to proceed to make use of gas-powered vehicles as an alternative, in order that our neighbourhoods stay full of car air pollution, and our ambience stuffed with the carbon air pollution that’s quickly heating the earth. He’s even ready to let the truck producer Oshkosh, which received the profitable contract to create the USPS’s new fleet, to get away with extremely questionable labour practices.

That’s why the Sierra Membership and our allies joined forces this week to ship over 150,000 petitions to the America Postal Service Board of Governors and over 280,000 emails to Congress urging the USPS to rethink its present plan and replace its nationwide fleet with electrical, union-built automobiles. We’re additionally asking Congress to verify two new members of the Postal Service Board, the one physique with the facility to oust disastrous leaders like DeJoy.

The Sierra Membership and our allies in labor, together with Congressional champions like representatives Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) and Gerry Connolly (VA-11), and Senator Ed Markey (D-MA), are decided to get USPS to alter course. And our strain has already had an impact: DeJoy elevated the proportion of electrical vehicles within the USPS’s first order from 10 p.c to twenty.

In fact that’s not sufficient. The vehicles the USPS buys shall be on the roads for many years. The mail vehicles on the highway as we speak are a mean of 25 years outdated. If that development continues, as we speak gas-powered vehicles could be driving by means of our neighbourhoods till 2047—years previous when we have to transfer to one hundred pc zero-emission automobiles, vehicles and buses for the safety of our communities from poisonous air and the worsening local weather disaster.

“The very fact is that electrical postal vehicles are cheaper and cleaner,” stated Senator Ed Markey on the press conference at the place the signatures had been delivered. “A brand new fleet of electrical postal vehicles would obtain a stamp of approval from the American individuals, as it will decrease prices, scale back air pollution, and supply public well-being advantages. Switching our postal fleet to all-electric would additionally reduce our demand for the oil and fuel enterprise mannequin that funds Putin’s oligarchs. If we don’t get a really next-generation electrical fleet of postal vehicles, we’d like the following era of postal service management delivered specifically to the American individuals.”

We are able to’t wait any longer to start the transition to a clean, zero-emission transportation system. The newest UN local weather report made it clear that we’ve solely a slender window of time during which to keep away from catastrophic local weather changes. We have now to make a speedy and deep transition away from fossil fuels in each area, or we’ll rapidly attain a degree the place no quantity of mitigation, adaptation, or financing will be capable of salvaging the local weather. Electrifying authorities automobiles needs to be a simple place to start out.

Our authorities need to be seizing each alternative to manoeuvre the clear vitality transition ahead with union labor to assist rebuild the centre class and assist households pay their payments. However, DeJoy is able to do the other. He awarded a multi-billion-dollar contract to construct the USPS’s subsequent era of vehicles to a Wisconsin-based firm known as Oshkosh. Oshkosh’s Wisconsin workforce, extremely expert union staff, had been prepared and keen to start the job after they realized that Oshkosh could be shifting manufacturing to a non-union facility in right-to-work state South Carolina.

“I can’t wrap my head across the truth it’s 2022 and we’re having to argue for a common sense resolution like changing the outdated, polluting mail fleet with electrical automobiles constructed by union staff,” says Sierra Membership president Ramón Cruz.

The transportation sector is our nation’s largest contributor to climate-disrupting emissions, which makes slashing car emissions a vital part of assembly our local weather targets. For many years, automakers—like oil firms—knew about local weather changes and continued to fabricate fuel guzzlers. However, lastly, there’s now the main momentum within the US round federal funding in electrical automobiles (EVs). EVs’ second within the highlight has been a very long time coming, and there needs to be no query we’d like EVs to assist fight the local weather disaster.


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