The United States Postal Service (USPS) has always exemplified innovation in transportation. Our first Postmaster General, Benjamin Franklin, set this tone when he oversaw communications between Congress and military commanders during the Revolutionary war. The USPS would continue to build on this legacy at pivotal moments in US history, from its early adoption of the first automobiles and aviation to playing an essential role in the Civil Rights Movement. The United States Postal Service has come to symbolize progress, and its mark is woven into America’s fabric.
At odds with this innovative history, USPS Postmaster General Louis DeJoy recently signed a $6 billion contract with Oshkosh Defense, locking the next generation of mail delivery into decades of antiquated, carbon-intensive transportation. Far from embracing the low-carbon future envisioned by President Biden and millions of Americans, Oshkosh is well-known in the defense world as a manufacturer of Humvee-like, heavy-duty military vehicles – none of which use zero-emission technology.