The Colorado Automobile Dealers Association vowed to continue fighting the state's move to adopt less-polluting vehicle standards after a judge dismissed the organization's lawsuit for failure to prove "economic injury" or that it was even eligible to sue.
"There was no judgment on the actual claims that we made," said Tim Jackson, president of the dealers association. "I suspect we will appeal the judge's decision. We think he's wrong on CADA's standing."
CADA is ultimately fighting Colorado's next move, to join California's stricter zero-emission rules. The state had to adopt California's standard first, which it did in November when a state commission approved Colorado Low Emission Automobile Regulations, or CLEAR.
Under CLEAR, the price of new, lower-emission vehicles would be higher initially, but over time, consumers would save money on gas and maintenance, according to an analysis by the state's Air Pollution Control Division.
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