Applaud Action to Encourage Alternative Fuels


Target: U.S. General Services Administration Administrator Daniel M. Tangherlini

Goal: Applaud decision to weigh options for the use of alternative fuels

Contract negotiations this year by the General Services Administration (GSA) to replace an existing package delivery contract that expires in September will include an assessment of contract bidders’ ability to incorporate targets for alternative fuel use. The contract, known as DDS3, is worth an estimated $1.5 billion, and covers the large amount of packages that are shipped within the federal government.

The decision to make use of alternative fuels by contractors is in compliance with goals that the federal government has set for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and minimizing U.S. reliance on foreign fossil fuels. It seems a natural step to take, especially following a letter last year to the GSA from the non-profit American Clean Skies Foundation, based in Washington D.C.

The use of alternative fuels such as natural gas and electricity to power vehicles conducting government package deliveries will serve to lower emissions that contribute to global warming and climate change. At the same time, this action will make our country’s reliance on overseas oil less burdensome.

Competitors for the DDS3 contract include package shipping giants FedEx and UPS, both of which have already made use of alternative fuel powered vehicles. By actively encouraging the use of such vehicles in the large market presented by the federal government, the GSA has taken a huge step toward nudging the government in a direction that would result in a significant reduction in its carbon footprint. Applaud this win-win action, which is sure to spill over into the private sector and encourage more use of alternative fuels.


Dear GSA Administrator Daniel M.Tangherlini,

I heartily commend your decision to make the use of alternative fuel powered vehicles a part of the process in the GSA’s deliberations to assess bidders for the DDS3 contract. If the contract goes out to a bidder that already has a large fleet, then surely the modification to their fleet will be carried forward into the future, and thus greenhouse gas emissions will continue to see much lower emissions.

The federal government plays a large role in setting an example for its citizens to follow, and DDS3 will surely give the alternative fuel industry a tremendous boost. Also, by adopting such practices, we send a message to the rest of the world that this country cares enough to actively seek ways in which we can help to ameliorate the damage done over the long years that we have been leaders in the industrialized world.


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