Obama’s Cabinet Choices – Fantasy League Style

Here are my picks for the key Cabinet posts both for cleantech and the country – if we REALLY want change we can believe in:

Secretary of StateColin Powell. My longtime pick for the first non white President. He should have run. From either party. He would have had my vote. Smart, collected, and still the most seasoned international military and political mind since Eisenhower, as well as a free trader. Bush should have listened to Powell rather than Cheney. Bring him back. Or give him any position he’s willing to take.

Secretary of EnergyDaniel Yergin – Pulitzer prize winning author of The Prize, the seminal work on the history of the oil industry, and Chairman of Cambridge Energy Research Associates. The energy sector is going to take a serious thinker to overhaul. The last thing we need is a johnny come lately with a shiny copper penny plan. Yergin knows the business, knows the politics, and knows the people.

Secretary of the TreasuryDick Kovacevich, the retiring Chairman of Wells Fargo – one of the few well run major banks in the US who did not need government handouts. And not from Wall Street. And my bank since I turned 18. If you can get him. Would I leave one of the healthiest bank balance sheets in the world to take over the US Treasury post a trillion dollar bailout? Not a chance. But we can hope.

Attorney GeneralRudy Guiliani. Love him or hate him, he’s a former Democrat early in his career, only later a Republican, who made his name as a US Attorney going after corruption in organized crime and Wall Street before running a consitituency that’s larger than more than half the US states. What more do you want out of a good attorney general?

Secretary of Defense – Actually, I’d keep Robert Gates. I think Defense has been doing a yeoman’s job.

Head of the EPABill Richardson. EPA with climate change is going to take an energy expert who understands economics, industry, and politics but who is committed to the cause. I can think of none better. He may view it as a step down. I view it as a critical position that needs as strong a hand as we can find.

Note: After writing this I was a little disappointed to realize that no women made my list, especially since I have worked for a woman for the last decade. But after review, I really liked the picks I’ve made.

Neal Dikeman is the Chairman and CEO of Carbonflow, Inc., a partner at Jane Capital Partners LLC, and Chairman of He is a Texas Aggie living in San Francisco.