Despite EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s resignation, his negative impact on the government agency and the environment will remain, holds Sean Captain in Fast Company. This is because despite Pruitt’s penchant for corruption and mismanagement, he was running the EPA exactly as President Trump wanted. Therefore, Pruitt’s decisions to drastically cut its staff, budgets and, especially, to cut either wholly or partially its programs to help combat global warming, will still remain in effect long after his departure. Pruitt's successor, Andrew Wheeler, is similarly tied to the carbon-based energy industry, which suggests Pruitt's mission to roll back all Obama-era climate policies will continue.
While Scott Pruitt transformed the EPA to focus on rolling back Obama-era climate policy, it is debatable whether his influence will result in long-term policy change. This is because he tried to cancel Obama regulations with too little regard for bureaucratic process, argues Robinson Meyer in The Atlantic, who adds that federal courts will most likely not approve many of Pruitt’s proposed new rules since they were not done in a deliberate and a process-based approach. He has faced repeated defeats in court regarding small rule changes, and the EPA has yet to finalize his large-scale Obama-policy rollbacks. There is doubt that Pruitt’s hasty legal work would survive future judicial reviews or a future administration.