Skip to main content

Sign up for our newsletter.

Quality journalism. Progressive values. Direct to your inbox.

This #GivingTuesday, whatever is your first priority, your second priority has to be independent media.

2021 has been one of the most dangerous and difficult years for independent journalism that we’ve ever seen. Our democracy is facing serial existential threats including the climate emergency, vaccine apartheid amid deadly pandemic, a global crisis for biodiversity, reproductive freedoms under assault, rising authoritarianism worldwide, and corporate-funded corruption of democracy that run beneath all of this. Giving Tuesday is a critical opportunity to make sure our journalism remains funded so that we can stay focused on all your priority issues. Please contribute today to keep Common Dreams alive and growing.

Please Help This #GivingTuesday -- Though our content is free to all, less than 1% of our readers give. We’re counting on you. Please help Common Dreams end the year strong.

For Immediate Release


Press Release

USPS Must Electrify Mail Truck Fleet

DeJoy cannot prolong the status quo.

Yesterday, under the leadership of Donald Trump’s appointee, the United States Postal Service announced a 10-year, $485-million contract to Oshkosh Defense for new mail trucks, only committing to buy 10 percent as electric vehicles and failing to commit to 100 percent electrification of the fleet. The USPS operates more than 200,000 vehicles and uses almost 200 million gallons of gasoline each year. The first of the newly ordered trucks are due to be on the road in 2023.

Last month, 13 Senate Democrats sent a letter to President Biden to call attention to the opportunity for USPS to commit to an all-electric fleet. The program to replace the USPS’s current trucks was launched in 2015, but it has been stalled several times over the years, forcing the Postal Service to keep its current trucks in service, many without air conditioning, past their expected life span. 

The Sierra Club previously called for US Postmaster General Louis DeJoy's resignation after he took drastic steps to compromise the 2020 election.

In response to the USPS announcement, Gina Coplon-Newfield, Director of Sierra Club’s Clean Transportation for All campaign, released the following statement:

“From undermining our democracy to delaying climate action, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy continues to fail the United States Postal Service and the American public. The lack of commitment from the USPS to electrify its fleet directly contradicts the Biden administration’s goals and executive order to clean up pollution from the US government’s vehicles.

“It’s 2021, and a ‘Next Generation’ or even ‘current generation’ vehicle means an electric vehicle. Government agencies shouldn’t be investing in fossil fuels for vehicles that will be delivering mail in communities for decades to come. The Sierra Club urges USPS and the Postal Service Board to prioritize clean air and climate action in this critical moment of change for America’s mail trucks by committing to a 100% all-electric fleet.”


The Sierra Club is the most enduring and influential grassroots environmental organization in the United States. We amplify the power of our 3.8 million members and supporters to defend everyone’s right to a healthy world.

Omar Hangs Up After Boebert Uses Call to Double Down on 'Outright Bigotry and Hate'

"Instead of apologizing for her Islamophobic comments and fabricated lies, Rep. Boebert refused to publicly acknowledge her hurtful and dangerous comments."

Jessica Corbett ·

Win for Alabama Workers as NLRB Orders New Union Vote After Amazon's Alleged Misconduct

A union leader said the decision confirmed that "Amazon's intimidation and interference prevented workers from having a fair say in whether they wanted a union in their workplace."

Jessica Corbett ·

'For the Sake of Peace,' Anti-War Groups Demand Biden Return to Nuclear Deal With Iran

"It's time to put differences aside and return to the Iran nuclear deal," said one advocate.

Julia Conley ·

'That's for Them to Decide': UK Secretary Rebuked for Claiming Vaccine Patent Waiver Won't Be 'Helpful' to Global Poor

One U.K. lawmaker asked when the government would "start putting the need to end this pandemic in front of the financial interests of Big Pharma?"

Andrea Germanos ·

Shell Slammed for Plan to Blast South African Coastline for Oil and Gas During Whale Season

"We cannot allow climate criminals, like Shell, to plunder in the name of greed," said Greenpeace.

Kenny Stancil ·

Support our work.

We are independent, non-profit, advertising-free and 100% reader supported.

Subscribe to our newsletter.

Quality journalism. Progressive values.
Direct to your inbox.

Subscribe to our Newsletter.

Common Dreams, Inc. Founded 1997. Registered 501(c3) Non-Profit | Privacy Policy
Common Dreams Logo