What Happens Now That Scott Pruitt Is Leaving the EPA?

In spite of all the good work that Scott Pruitt has done as the head of the EPA, in early July, he decided to call it quits, ending one of the most fascinating periods in the history of the government agency and creating a cloud of uncertainty around the future of the EPA’s current deregulatory trend. 

No, ‘Scandals’ Didn’t Have Anything to Do With It

As much as the mainstream media is working to convince one and all that Scott Pruitt submitted his resignation as a result of recent trumped-up charges about his supposed ‘lavish spending,’ that’s not the case. In his public letter of resignation, Pruitt explained, “the unrelenting attacks on me personally, my family, are unprecedented and have taken a sizable toll on all of us.

For his part, the president stated that he would have continued to support Pruitt thanks to the wonderful work that was being done at the Environmental Protection Agency.

De-Regulating the Eco Army

Since Pruitt took over at the Environmental Protection Agency, he has made it his crusade to help tear down the useless red tape that prohibits American innovation. In just a year and a half, Scott Pruitt has helped streamline the EPA and pave the way for a sweeping overhaul of the agency’s regulatory madness. 

Unfortunately, Pruitt’s exit from the EPA — no matter how quickly it is corrected — will allow the fighting left an opportunity to regroup and plot new strategies in the hopes that Pruitt’s successor, Andrew Wheeler, won’t be up to the same daunting challenge.

Hopefully, Not Too Much Will Change

Even though the Environmental Protection Agency is undergoing a change in staff in the wake of Pruitt’s departure, the hope is that the current administration will quickly restore order and work to continue Pruitt’s legacy of delicately balancing environmental protection and the broader interests of the United States.

Acting EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler has already moved to alleviate concerns at the agency, explaining that he would work to defend Pruitt’s work and the employees hoping to enact real reform in the Environmental Protection Agency. Perhaps that’s why liberal mainstream outlets are already concerned about Wheeler’s ability to take the baton and run with it.

Scott Pruitt has already made considerable progress getting the ball rolling, but thanks to a singular pursuit (and stable hiring policies) it would seem that his departure won’t undo his hard work.

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