by Rona Fried
As you may know, there’s a quiet, ongoing push in the US to privatize the US Postal Service (USPS) – and schools, and even air traffic control – but lawmakers like presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) are against these moves.
Imagine a public postal service that “delivers the sustainable infrastructure of the next economy” by delivering food from farmers straight to homes, finances green energy, checks in on seniors and provides coast-to-coast charging stations for electric cars.
“Our post office can deliver” the “equitable, climate-friendly economy,” says a report. The USPS and its vehicles would be powered by renewable energy. It could sign people up for community-owned wind and solar projects across the country, and make banking much more affordable for people in rural areas, in addition to the profitable service it currently provides delivering packages.
A partial view of a 2 1/2 acre green roof on top of USPS’s distribution center in NYC. When built in 2009, it was one of biggest in the country:
While all this certainly could apply to the USPS, these proposals are from the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, which faces similar pressures.
Read my full article at The Hill: