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.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.