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USPS Sparks Outrage over Plan to Replace Fleet with 90% Gas-Powered Delivery Trucks

HeadlineFeb 24, 2022

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has finalized plans to purchase a fleet of gasoline-powered postal delivery trucks, in a move that defies the Biden administration’s pledge to acquire zero-emissions vehicles. A 10-year deal worth up to $10 billion would see the Oshkosh Defense corporation provide as many as 165,000 gas-powered postal vehicles, produced with non-union labor in South Carolina. The group Earthjustice responded in a statement, “DeJoy’s plans for the postal fleet will drag us back decades with a truck model that gets laughable fuel economy. We may as well deliver the mail with hummers.” Louis DeJoy was appointed as postmaster general under former President Trump. He’s a longtime Republican megadonor who infamously caused widespread delays at USPS in the run-up to the 2020 election, when mail-in ballots played a major role.

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