In 2009, the U.S. Postal Service conducted a voluntary analysis of their green house gas inventory. Overall, the racked up about 5.3 tons of direct green house gas (GHG) emissions. That is 1/12 of 1% of all of the US’s GHG emissions. The USPS have set out goals of reductions of 15% and 20% by 2015 and 2020 respectively.
The U.S.P.S. has supposedly made great strides in making themselves more environmentally friendly. They willingly found out their annual greenhouse gas emissions, and have made efforts to reduce them. Their average emissions are 5.3 million tons. This is equilvalent to 1 million cars driving 12,000 miles a year.
It is a very interesting and noteworthy statistic to be aware of, but we must be careful to not just simply attack companies that consistently use cars, trucks, and planes. One thing scientists have a tough time doing is quanitfying carbon emissions; that is, identifying what acts are better or worse than others. We all know that emissions from cars are bad, but not sure how bad. Moreover, the USPS is an efficiently run and highly important service that we all pay into, and should not be at the top of the list of things to cut back on.
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