Friday, October 25, 2013
By: M. Scott Carter
When she announced earlier this year that she planned to combine the cabinet posts of secretary of the energy and the secretary of the environment, many were skeptical of Republican Gov. Mary Fallin’s idea.
Environmentalists worried that the new secretary – whoever he or she was – would simply be a shill for the oil and gas industry. Oil and gas supporters complained that they needed someone experienced who understood their needs and not a tree-hugger.
Enter retired Col. Michael Teague.
Teague, the former commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Tulsa District, was named as the new secretary of energy and environment in August.
So far, the colonel is off to an excellent start.
Easy to talk to, sincere and interested, Teague’s military background has prepared him well for his new post. Granted, he doesn’t have the depth of knowledge that many in the Fallin administration do when it comes to the oil and gas industry, but Teague has shown he’s willing to learn and listen.