Prompted by WEC and our partners at the Environmental Priorities Coalition, Washington lawmakers joined California and other states to pass legislation requiring automakers to decrease vehicle emissions. The then-Bush administration blocked state’s action, and WEC joined other states in legal action to pressure the federal government to act. In 2011, the Obama Administration struck a deal, allowing the higher standards to move forward and requiring lower emissions in all states – not just those who had passed this legislation. Clean cars show the power of state action to leverage change on a national level.