The lawsuits allege the USPS erred in its decision to replace its existing fleet with 90% of its gas-powered trucks and 10% of battery electric vehicles, and they call for a more comprehensive review of the environmental impacts such a move would have.
Despite objections from the White House and the Environmental Protection Agency, Postmaster General Louis Dejoy has repeatedly said that the Postal Service does not have the funding to increase the number of electric vehicles in its fleet.
“The Postal Service has a historic opportunity to invest in our planet and our future. Instead, it multiplies the legacy technologies that harm our environment and harm our communities,” California Attorney General Rob Ponta said in a statement Thursday. .
“Once this purchase is completed, we will be stuck with over 100,000 new fuel-guzzling cars on neighborhood streets, serving homes across our state and across the country, for the next 30 years. There will be no reset button.”
Adrian Martinez, an attorney with Earth Justice’s Right to Zero campaign, expressed similar concern. “We will go to court to protect the millions of Americans breathing in neighborhoods burdened with exhaust pipe pollution,” he said. “Mail delivery in this country must be electric for our health and our future.”
Postal Service spokesman Kim Froome told CNN in a statement Thursday that the agency conducted a “robust and thorough review” before moving forward with the vehicle plan, and that more electric vehicles could run if additional funding becomes available.
“The Postal Service is fully committed to including electric vehicles as an important part of our delivery fleet even though the investment will cost more than just an internal combustion engine vehicle. However, as we have stated time and time again, we must make financially wise decisions in introducing a new vehicle fleet. “. “We will continue to seek opportunities to increase the electrification of our delivery fleet in a responsible manner, consistent with our operational strategy, appropriate infrastructure deployment, and our financial condition, which we expect will continue to improve as we pursue our plan.”