Jan 10, 2018

Trump backs off plan to allow drilling off Florida coast

Shell's Perdido offshore drilling and production platform in the Gulf of Mexico. Photo: Gary Tramontina / Corbis via Getty Images

The Trump administration is backing away from plans to allow oil drilling off the coast of Florida after the state's Republican Gov. Rick Scott criticized the proposed moves.

Officials from the Department of the Interior said Thursday that they were floating draft plans to open up the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, the eastern Gulf of Mexico, and revive lease sales in Arctic waters off Alaska's coast, per Axios' Ben Geman.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said in a statement that he supports Scott's "position that Florida is unique and its coasts are heavily reliant on tourism as an economic driver.

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Catch up on today's biggest news:

  1. Scoop: New White House personnel chief tells Cabinet liaisons to target Never Trumpers
  2. Trump misrepresents 2020 Russia briefing as Democratic "misinformation"
  3. Bernie Sanders takes aim at Bloomberg: "Trump will chew him up and spit him out"
  4. Nearly half of Republicans support pardoning Roger Stone
  5. Scoop: Lyft acquires cartop advertising startup Halo Cars

Sanders takes aim at Bloomberg: "Trump will chew him up and spit him out"

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Bernie Sanders told CBS "60 Minutes" that he was surprised by Mike Bloomberg's lackluster performance at Wednesday's Democratic debate.

What he's saying: "If that's what happened in a Democratic debate, you know, I think it's quite likely that Trump will chew him up and spit him out."

Scoop: Lyft acquires cartop advertising startup Halo Cars

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Lyft has acquired Halo Cars, a small startup that lets ride-hailing drivers earn money via ad displays mounted atop their cars. Lyft confirmed the deal but declined to share any details.

Why it matters: Ride-hailing companies are increasingly eyeing additional ways to generate revenue, and Lyft rival Uber has been quietly testing a partnership with New York-based Cargo that gives it a cut of the advertising revenue, as I previously reported.