03.16.22

Daines to Biden: Stop Pushing Green New Deal Priorities on USPS

Urges Biden to Abandon Efforts to Push Electric Vehicles on USPS

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines sent a letter to President Biden objecting the President’s efforts to force the United States Postal Service (USPS) to replace their entire delivery truck fleet with electric vehicles (EVs).

“A complete transition to EVs is not only unnecessary to achieve emissions reduction goals and harmful to consumers, it is also constrained by a broad array of obstacles. These issues include the cost to consumers, battery efficiency and range, infrastructure requirements, and electrical grid constraints. Furthermore, the supply chain for critical minerals and other materials used for electric vehicles is largely dominated by China. These issues must not be ignored. If your administration’s goal is to impose an EV mandate regardless of cost, national security, or the functionality of the USPS then it should level with U.S. ratepayers and seek congressional approval for such a policy,” Daines wrote.

“Domestic producers have not always agreed on motor fuel policy, but we strongly agree that USPS and the federal fleet must continue to recognize the benefits of liquid motor fuels in order to reduce emissions in a timely and cost-effective fashion. We urge you to stop pressuring USPS and other federal government agencies to adopt an all-EV mandate and, instead, support an all-of-the-above approach that takes advantage of the many benefits of U.S. produced liquid fuels,” Daines continued.

EV trucks cost 33% more per unit compared to gasoline-powered vehicles.

To read letter Daines sent to President Biden, click HERE.

 

 

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