Making clear a Continental Divide between California politics and much of the nation, Republicans in the House Energy & Commerce Committee Subcommittee on Energy & Power Feb. 9 declared the Environmental Protection Agency\u2019s attempt to reduce greenhouse gases too \u201caggressive.\u201d Vetting The Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011 introduced last week by the subcommittee\u2019s Republican leadership, Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY) claimed EPA is attempting to rid the nation of fossil fuels. \u201cThe legislation is to restore the proper balance in greenhouse gas regulation,\u201d he noted. The proposed legislation includes: -Overturning the U.S. Supreme Court\u2019s finding that EPA has the authority to regulate greenhouse gases under the federal Clean Air Act; -Prohibiting EPA from requiring stationary sources, like power plants, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; -Repealing California\u2019s authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from motor vehicles; -Stopping the agency from requiring additional reductions of greenhouse gas emissions from motor vehicles; and -Preventing EPA from taking impacts on climate change into consideration when approving alternatives to ozone depleting substances under Title VI of the Clean Air Act and the Montreal Protocol. \u201cWe have to run this machine called \u2018America\u2019 and we can\u2019t do it without fossil fuels,\u201d said Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), committee chair Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) alleged the other members of the committee are blind to climate change. \u201cThe premise of the bill is that climate change is a hoax,\u201d he pointed out. The Republican move to stop EPA enforcement stems from Congress\u2019 inability to pass a climate change protection measure. The Obama administration allowed the agency to pursue greenhouse gas reductions under the nation\u2019s Clean Air Act pursuant to the high court\u2019s ruling. Lisa Jackson, EPA administrator, maintains that acting under the Clean Air Act is creating jobs. \u201cThe EPA\u2019s implementation of the Clean Air Act is one of the reasons for the dramatic growth of the U.S. environmental technologies industry and its workforce. By 2008, that industry was generating approximately $300 billion in annual revenues and directly supporting nearly 1.7 million jobs,\u201d she testified. Greenhouse gas reduction efforts stand in the way of economic recovery, maintain House committee leaders. Whitfield, for instance, claims energy demand in the nation is expected to double by 2035. Fossil fuels should meet that demand, he adds. \u201cIt\u2019s about keeping energy affordable,\u201d said Upton. He said that allowing the EPA to reduce greenhouse gases through regulation \u201ctakes away the choice\u201d of an economically preferable alternative.