8 thoughts on “Trumplet DeJoy’s Model for the U.S. Postal Service

  1. Ben Dover says:

    You better get those holiday packages sent out sooner rather than later: Mail delivery is going to be slower and more expensive thanks to the U.S. Postal Service implementing ‘new service standards’ for first class mail and periodicals. Also, until Dec. 26, the Postal Service will temporarily increase prices on all “commercial and retail domestic packages” because of the holiday season.
    The changes are part of the Postal Service’s 10-year strategic plan announced by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy this past March, which according to a USPS spokesperson “will lead to great consistency, reliability and efficiency that benefits its customers.”

  2. Update says:

    President Biden on Friday announced plans to nominate two former federal officials to the U.S. Postal Service’s governing board, replacing key allies of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, including its Democratic chairman.
    The move was a surprise to postal officials and even members of Congress, according to three people with knowledge of the matter, and casts doubt on DeJoy’s future at the agency. It potentially gives liberals on the panel two crucial votes to oust the postal chief, who can be removed only by the board. The people spoke on the condition of anonymity to speak freely about private discussions. https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2021/11/19/usps-biden-bloom-dejoy/

  3. Bait & Switch says:

    “Wisconsin residents cheered when Oshkosh Defense, a Wisconsin-based manufacturer, won a large contract to build a new generation of post office delivery vehicles – up to 165,000 – but now Wisconsinites are fuming about the company’s decision to produce those vehicles in South Carolina, rather than Wisconsin.
    …Biden administration officials say they have no ability to alter the Oshkosh Defense contract, noting that it was awarded by the Postal Service, an independent agency that the White House doesn’t control. They say their hands are, in essence, tied.” https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/feb/02/wisconsin-usps-delivery-vehicles-oshkosh-defense
    (Jan 23, 2022): “Embattled U.S. postmaster Louis DeJoy is still hanging on to his job
    Amazingly, he might not be shown the door. That’s bad for the postal service and for Americans who depend on affordable, reliable mail delivery.” https://chicago.suntimes.com/2022/1/23/22889471/postmaster-louis-dejoy-manages-to-hang-on-to-job-biden-ouster-editorial

    • ¡Ay, caramba! says:

      Next-gen USPS mail trucks are only capable of 8.6 mpg, EPA says https://arstechnica.com/cars/2022/02/the-epa-and-white-house-take-fire-at-inefficient-new-mail-trucks/
      The United States Post Office’s plan to replace its aging delivery vehicles has been heavily criticized by the Environmental Protection Agency and the White House Council on Environmental Quality. The letters, first published by The Washington Post on Tuesday, excoriate the decision to award a $482 million contract to Oshkosh Defense without properly examining the environmental impact, as required by law.
      When the USPS first announced the contract with Oshkosh in February 2021, it said the plan was to purchase between 50,000 and 160,000 Next Generation Delivery Vehicles. These, we were told, would be a mixed fleet. Some battery-electric vehicles, others using “fuel-efficient internal combustion engines” with an ability to be converted at a later date, “to keep pace with advances in electric vehicle technology,” it said.
      Within a few hours, expectations were significantly downgraded with the clarification that only 10 percent of the planned NGDVs would be electric, but the EPA says things are even worse than that. Oshkosh’s proposed vehicle will only average 8.6 mpg (27.35 L/100 km) according to the EPA, a barely noticeable improvement on the current Grumman-made LLV trucks, which average 8.2 mpg (28.68 L/100 km). And there is no plan to convert any internal combustion-engined NGDVs to battery electric.
      See also Washington Post: “Biden officials push to hold up $11.3 billion USPS truck contract, citing climate damage : The Environmental Protection Agency warns Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to halt his plan to replace the aging delivery fleet with thousands of gas-powered vehicles.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2022/02/02/usps-trucks-epa-climate-change/

      • Henry says:

        The wrecked U.S. Mail delivery vehicle in the photograph appears to be a Ford Model TT, a one-ton truck that used the same engine and transmission as their Model T car.
        The frame and suspension are much heavier, however. In order for the 20 horsepower engine to carry the one-ton load, a 7.25:1 differential was the standard rear end. A 5.17:1 rear end was offered for higher speed applications. With the standard 7.25:1 rear end, a TT seldom exceeds 20 miles per hour.
        According to the Ford motor company the gasoline powered Model T engine, first introduced in 1908, provided up to 21 miles per gallon.

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