Transportation headlines, Wednesday, Oct. 17

Here is a look at some of the transportation headlines gathered by us and the Metro Library. The full list of headlines is posted on the Library’s Headlines blog, which you can also access via email subscription or RSS feed.

There’s a terrific gallery of photos of the Space Shuttle Endeavour’s big move through the streets of Inglewood and Los Angeles this past weekend at the Atlantic’s website. The several hundred photos I shot suddenly don’t look so good!

Domestic oil production — shown here in North Dakota — has been a topic of conversation for the presidential candidates. Photo by Almost-Natural Photography, via Flickr creative commons.

Obama and Romney spar over energy in second debate, ignore climate change (Grist)

The issue simply never came up and neither candidate seemed too interested in interjecting it into the conversation (if that’s the right word). Moderator Candy Crowley said that a member of the audience wanted to ask about climate change, but she wasn’t able to squeeze that into the debate. Otherwise, the debate featured some bickering over energy policy with President Obama defending the pursuit of cleaner fuels and Mitt Romney alleging the Obama Administration should be blamed for high gas prices.

Energy facts, and a few fibs, on display at presidential debate (Huffington Post)

Excellent article by Tom Zeller Jr. that fact checks the candidates’ statements last night. Guess what? Much of what was said lacked context and barely hewed to established fact! The gist of it: Gas prices were sky-high during the Bush Administration, fell sharply due to the recession at the beginning of Obama’s term in office and have since risen back to where they were under Bush. On the other side of the coin, much of the rise in domestic energy production began under President Bush and can also be attributed to large operations to recover shale oil on private lands in Montana and North Dakota.

Is U.S. Transportation Secretary preparing for departure? (Politico)

Ray LaHood had previously said that he would stay on the job for one term and not run for public office again (he previously served in the House of Representatives). But he has recently dropped hints that he might be persuaded to stay if President Obama is re-elected next month. LaHood has pushed for a national texting-while-driving ban and may want to see through other safety initiatives.