From the Walker College blog:
[Chancellor] Peacock also asked Cherry to elaborate on his role as a visiting scholar with the Center for National Climate and Environmental Research in Oslo, Norway.
We just finished up a study that follows from Stockholm, Sweden, a trial run that they did, a congestion charge. They have a traffic problem, Stockholm does. They proposed a congestion charge, which is a pretty common solution. It’s essentially a tax on driving, but only 34% of the people supported it. The vast majority of the people opposed that idea.
So Stockholm, they said alright, we’ll do a trial run and at the end of the trial run we’ll do a referendum to see what you think after we do it. So they essentially said, OK, we’re going to make you eat your peas and just try it and see if you like it. I can’t remember how long the trial period lasts, but it was a long enough period that they experienced how the policy would work, the impacts of the policy.
After it was over, they held the referendum and it passed by over 60%. So, just experiencing … having a trial run, in some cases, can help facilitate a solution being enacted.
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