He said allowing ANWR drilling "would be a deal breaker."
“That is just not going to happen,” Lieberman told reporters in the Capitol on Thursday.
Republicans have long called for drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). Lieberman's comments come a day after Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa MurkowskiElle honors 10 at annual 'Women in Washington' event Five takeaways from Labor pick’s confirmation hearing ObamaCare repeal faces last obstacle before House vote MORE (R-Alaska), who is considered a swing vote in the climate debate, said she wanted ANWR drilling included in the discussions and suggested it could be the price of winning her support.
But Lieberman, who has championed efforts to keep ANWR permanently off-limits to drilling, said oil development in the Alaskan refuge won’t be in the mix.
“We are looking at a lot of things, we are bending to bring people in, but that one is a no-no,” he said.
Lieberman is trying to craft a compromise climate and energy plan with Sens. John KerryJohn KerryFBI Director Comey sought to reveal Russian election meddling last summer: report Congress, Trump need a united front to face down Iran One year ago today we declared ISIS atrocities as genocide MORE (D-Mass.) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamOvernight Finance: Dems seek probe of acting SEC chief | Defense hawks say they won't back short-term funding | Senate seen as start point for Trump infrastructure plan | Dems want more money for IRS Overnight Defense: Pentagon considers more troops for Afghanistan | McCain, Graham won't back short-term funding | GOP defends Trump rules of engagement McCain and Graham: We won't back short-term government funding bill MORE (R-S.C.).
The plan that the Senate trio is crafting is expected to include several measures aimed at winning support from Republicans and centrist Democrats, such as expanded offshore drilling and major new federal support for building nuclear power plants.