Philadelphia's energy resurgence is not easily reproducible. An energy policy for the entire nation requires building the Keystone XL oil pipeline, opening deep-water and Arctic areas for environmentally responsible exploration and a federal regulatory structure that does not stand in the way of jobs and growth.
But the past year in Philadelphia shows the possibilities for growth as an energy capital and creating a new economy of the future. It shows what innovative private investment, combined with policies designed to encourage success instead of failure, can do for one region. Imagine what it can do for the entire country.
Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-Pa.) is a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.