The latest evidence came during Thursday night’s GOP presidential debate in Ames, Iowa, when the eight declared Republican candidates squared off about the economy, foreign policy and energy issues.

Jon Huntsman, a former Utah governor and onetime U.S. ambassador to China, insisted that the EPA was standing in the way of economic growth. Huntsman argued that EPA regulations on pollution are hindering plans for new manufacturing plants.

If you want to build a facility in the United States, you can’t, because of the EPA’s regulatory reign of terror,’ Huntsman said. “We don’t make things anymore in this country. We need to start making things in this country, and in order to do that, we need serious regulatory reform — not just repealing ‘Obamacare,’ but ending the EPA’s regulatory reign of terror.”