The Environmental Protection Agency is emerging as a favorite target of GOP presidential candidates, who view it as part of a heavy-handed Obama administration regulatory agenda that they say is strangling the economy.

Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota wants to padlock the EPA’s doors, as does former Speaker Newt Gingrich. Gov. Rick Perry wants an immediate moratorium on all environmental regulation

Rep. Ron Paul of Texas wants environmental disputes settled by the states or the courts. Herman Cain, a businessman, wants to put many environmental regulations in the hands of an independent commission that includes oil and gas executives. Jon Huntsman, the former Utah governor, thinks most new environmental regulations should be shelved until the economy improves