It's hard not to rejoice in the ouster of a man so corrupt and so lacking in personal morality.
But liberals are going to miss him.
Pruitt's ever-expanding ethical violations and even crimes (good luck getting a criminal investigation started) tended to hem him in. Even some Republicans in Congress were resisting his complete rollback of environmental protections.
And resistance to his policies would only grow as the revelations of his corruption increased.
But he's gone now.
In his place is EPA deputy administrator Andrew Wheeler, Donald Trump's likely nominee to replace Pruitt on a permanent basis.
Wheeler's record is long and dirty, according to this excellent report by The Washington Post.
Wheeler didn't exactly sail through his confirmation for his current post, being approved by a 53-45 Senate vote.
But even if his nomination fails, he could serve well into next year as an interim appointee. (Think John Bolton as UN ambassador).
Wheeler will be just as ruinous -- and probably even more so -- for global and local environments, but without the crippling, obvious corruption of Pruitt.
We will come to miss Scott Pruitt.
Think Mike Pence when considering Wheeler.
Trump's own actions raise so much disgust and outrage that he's a rallying point for not only liberals and progressives, but also independents and even some conservatives.
Yet Trump goes, Pence will be an even more effective advocate for Trump's agenda than Trump.
Pence will offer none of the circus, but greater competence in forwarding a frightening agenda that will destroy our democracy.
Throw in another neanderthal on the Supreme Court, and the "banality of evil" that Hannah Arendt used to describe the Nazis will be the standard operating procedure in America.
Wheeler and Trump?
We should be so lucky.