Suing your way to climate action — or not

Oil barrel getting pricked by needles
Illustration: Rebecca Zisser / Axios

Proponents of acting on climate change are divided over whether lawsuits that New York City and several California municipalities are filing against big oil companies will do anything to tackle the problem.

Bottom line: The contrasting viewpoints illustrate the challenges facing climate proponents. Even among those who agree that climate change must be addressed, big disagreements persist about how to solve it. And this is without the other Herculean task of getting currently elected Republicans to publicly acknowledge the problem at all.