Rep. Karen Handel (R) currently represents residents of Georgia’s 6th Congressional district (GA06) in the U.S. House of Representatives.
In the May 22, 2018 primary election, no Democratic challenger received 50% of the vote, so there will be a runoff election between the top two candidates—Kevin Abel (D) and Lucy McBath (D)—on July 24, 2018. The winner will run against Handel in the November 6, 2018 midterm election.
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No position statement on climate change
Handel has not issued an official stance on climate change.
In 2017, she stated in the video near the top of this page that Congress’ role in combatting climate change should be limited.
Supports exiting the Paris Agreement
In June 2017, she supported the White House’s decision to exit the Paris Agreement. In the Atlanta Journal Constitution, she said the U.S. withdrawal:
…presents an opportunity to do the right thing in the right way. We need a fair agreement that doesn’t start with the assumption that American jobs should be sacrificed to the developing world in order to address the impacts of climate change.
Position statement on energy
In her position statement on energy, Handel promotes continuing to invest in clean energy alternatives:
Rising fuel prices affect every area of our economy, and we need to develop innovative ways of adapting to changes in the market. While the United States has been blessed with an abundance of natural resources, we still must be sure that we are working to meet the demand for energy brought on by our growing economy, and that we’re prepared to meet our energy needs of the future.
Ultimately, as a nation, we need to continue to invest in the development of clean energy alternatives while utilizing the resources we have at our disposal to continue to prosper in a competitive global market.
I believe we must be good stewards of the environment, passing along a better Earth to our children and grandchildren. We must balance those efforts with the need to keep our country moving and our economy growing, however. Please know that I will continue to work to find that balance, protecting the earth for the world’s future generations while ensuring businesses can continue growing and putting more Americans to work.
Anti-environmental voting record
Handel’s voting record shows a history of casting anti-environmental votes.
Washington, D.C. Office
1211 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-4501
Roswell District Office
85 Mill Street, Suite C-300
Roswell, GA 30067
Phone: (770) 998-0049
Fax: (770) 998-0050
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