The story that Max concocted as an excuse for not doing his homework was preposterous but entertaining.
I don't give much credence to Max's stories.
John devised a plan for a sure victory.
Many people are pushing for the country to disengage its military from foreign lands.
Mary rebuked her children for not cleaning their bedrooms.
I agree with your sentiment regarding global warming.
There is little support globally for a particular country taking unilateral action against another country.