In April, President Biden unveiled the United States’ most ambitious plan ever to cut emissions that drive climate change, and he urged other nations to follow. Now, days before Biden prepares for a pivotal climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, the White House’s keystone legislative plan to tackle climate disruption appears to be dead, sunk by West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin.

It’s the most recent in a string of defeats to aggressive climate action that stretches back more than 25 years.

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ExxonMobil's high-rise office building in Irving, Texas.
One of ExxonMobil’s high-rise office buildings in Irving, Texas. Credit: askarim / Shutterstock