Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), chair of the House Energy & Commerce Committee, along with the ranking member of the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee, Senator James Inofe (R-OK) and Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY), proposed legislation Feb. 3 that aims to prevent the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from using the Clean Air Act to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011, as proposed, would not affect California. The bill does \u201cnot limit or otherwise affect the authority of a State to adopt, amend, enforce, or repeal State laws and regulations pertaining to the emission of a greenhouse gas,\u201d noted the draft. The Republicans\u2019 move to stop EPA enforcement stems from Congress\u2019 inability to pass climate change protection law. As a result of inaction, the Obama administration allowed the agency to begin greenhouse gas reduction policy under the nation\u2019s Clean Air Act. Supporting Upton\u2019s bill, the organization, American Solutions, wants to see EPA replaced with an \u201cEnvironmental Solutions Agency because the EPA and its culture of litigation, regulation and taxation are destroying the American economy,\u201d Steve Everley, Solutions public policy manager, stated. The Natural Resources Defense Council countered that stance. It released a poll Feb. 2 that noted 77 percent of 1,000 surveyed \u201coppose efforts in Congress to block Clean Air Act updates for carbon, smog, and other pollution.\u201d The poll was conducted by Opinion Research Corp. International. It was initiated in response to former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich\u2019s call on January 25th to dismantle the EPA, noted the organization.