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The New York Times Magazine has been teasing out its upcoming issue in recent days, as it's dedicated to a single story that focuses on how we had an opportunity to address climate change in the 1980s, but failed to do anything. Coinciding with the current administration's proposal to roll back fuel economy targets, expected to be unveiled this week, the timing couldn't be any better.

Yesterday, President Trump announced the US was withdrawing from the landmark Paris Agreement, a commitment between 195 countries to tackle climate change. Outrage was swift and uncompromising. The secretary-general for the United Nations called the move "a major disappointment", SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk resigned from his advisory position at the White House in protest, and former Mexican president Vicente Fox Quesada tweeted withdrawal marked the moment the "United States... stopped being the leader of the free world".

Republican senators are reportedly planning to send President Trump a legally dubious letter asking him to withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement, a historic accord to combat climate change. Although EPA head Scott Pruitt and others have said they want the US to withdraw, Trump faces intense pressure to stay in from China's President Xi, the Pope and members of his inner circle. He has repeatedly delayed making any final decision on the matter.