Representative Carolyn B. Maloney (DN.Y.), who headed the House Oversight and Reform Commission’s investigation, accused the Postal Service of neglecting its “responsibility to mitigate the environmental impact of the Navy.” He said there was evidence that the postal service had miscalculated in deciding to buy gas-powered trucks – 8.6 miles per gallon – 0.4 MPG improvement over the current 30-year fleet – more than battery-powered vehicles.
The inquiry re-ignited efforts by congressional Democrats to pressure Postmaster General Louis Dijay to turn his agency’s fleet into zero-emission trucks or to finance the agency’s purchase of cleaner vehicles.
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It could also provide significant fodder for a legal challenge to the postal service’s court room opponents. The five-person panel in front of the panel consisted of experts who testified under oath to criticize the plans and rationale of the postal service. Environmental activist groups have been signaling for months that the agency’s purchases could be legally challenged, arguing that the postal service’s decisions are based on misconceptions.
“I will not regret it until the postal service finally follows the path of the private sector and begins a real transition to the electric navy,” Maloney said. “Electricity supply is essential for our environment, the foundations of the postal service and our national security.”
“Today we have learned a lot about the errors and contradictions that go to the heart of this extraordinary decision that contradicts what the private sector is doing,” he said. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.), One said. Primary supporters of congressional law.
Dijoy placed an order for the first 50,000 replacement vehicles on March 24; About 20 percent of those purchases were made for electric vehicles, although the company has promised to electrify only 10 percent of the vehicles purchased through a 10-year contract period.
The Postal Service’s plan is far less than the White House’s goal of moving the entire federal civilian navy to electric vehicles by 2035. The Postal Agency’s 217,000 vehicles make up the largest share of government civilian vehicles.
Transportation is the single largest source of greenhouse-gas emissions in the United States, and even sales of electric vehicles, which account for about 5 percent of new vehicle sales – have not had a significant impact on the automotive market. Electric vehicle proponents believed that the postal service would provide a boost to the purchasing industry.
Victoria Stephen, head of the Postal Service’s program for “next-generation delivery vehicles”, told the group that the company had purchased enough electric vehicles to meet its current financial conditions. The agency has $ 131 billion in unsecured liabilities – even after Congress passed legislation in March to release $ 107 billion of its balance sheet in past and future payments. President Biden is scheduled to sign the bill on Wednesday.
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“We have postponed maintenance, we have postponed investments,” Stephen said. “It’s not just vehicles that need to be replaced in the long run. Infrastructure-related issues are still part of what the postal service needs to function efficiently and effectively for decades to come.
Policymakers on both sides of the political aisle agree that the post office’s old trucks are unsafe and need replacement. The Navy is 30 years old and has no air bags or air conditioning. The lorries were known to catch fire as they had been overused for many years.
In DeJoy’s 10-year transformation plan, the agency is re-focusing on the postal service in its growing parcel-delivery business, eliminating financial losses worth several years.
But liberal lawmakers rejected that position, saying the agency’s private sector rivals Amazon, FedEx and UPS were already far ahead of the postal service in naval electrification. (Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is the owner of The Washington Post.)
Stephen said it was unnecessary to compare with those businesses because postal vehicles had to stop and start more on their routes than rival trucks.
Witness Joe Britton, managing director of the Zero Emission Transportation Association, said the drive was making post routes more suitable for electric trucks instead of bicycles.
“Starting and stopping, especially if you have strong regenerative braking, will give you a greater range of driving in the city, especially in utility events where you start and stop every 20 or 30 beats,” he said.
Republicans in the group sought to turn the investigation into a debate over Hunter Biden, the president’s son, who sold the Congolese cobalt mine to a Chinese company in 2016. Representative. James Comer (Ky.), The group’s top Republican, called Hunter Biden to testify; Instead Kenny Stein, the policy director of the right-wing Energy Research Institute, testified at the call of the GOP.
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“When we talk about converting to electric vehicles, rare earth minerals are a key component of it,” Comer said, adding that US domestic production of the resources needed for automotive batteries lags far behind China.
Democrats have urged Stephen to hand over to the committee the records of the Postal Service’s analysis of how many electric vehicles they will buy, and said they would try to include funding for electric trucks in future legislation.
Biden management’s original “Build Back Better” social spending package included $ 6 billion for electric mail trucks and battery chargers. Biden’s 2023 budget includes $ 300 million for electric mail vehicles and charging stations.
“If funding is available to us, we will completely adjust our plans,” Stephen said. “Today our projects reflect what we can buy with our own resources.”