Let's keep it simple for you, and start with Wiki:<quoted text>well....i for one support your rights on all the above. why do you not support me for not wanting government telling me what fuel i can use?
i guess your rights are all that matter....to hell with other people, huh?
In economics, the tragedy of the commons is the depletion of a shared resource by individuals, acting independently and rationally according to each one's self-interest, despite their understanding that depleting the common resource is contrary to the group's long-term best interests. The concept is often cited in connection with sustainable development, meshing economic growth and environmental protection, as well as in the debate over global warming. "Commons" can include the atmosphere, oceans, rivers, fish stocks, national parks, advertising, and even parking meters. The tragedy of the commons has particular relevance in analyzing behavior in the fields of economics, evolutionary psychology, game theory, politics, taxation, and sociology. Some also see the "tragedy" as an example of emergent behavior, the outcome of individual interactions in a complex system.
So, you and your cohorts may think that it is perfectly fine to continue to pollute, but a growing number of us do indeed want to take that right away from you. It is for the common good.
Your right to scream "Fire!" in a crowded theatre has also been taken away from you. It is for the common good.
Your right to drive on the left side of the road in the USA has been taken away from you, too. It's for the common good.
Your right to own a fully automatic .50 caliber machine gun has been taken away also. That, again, is for the common good.
If your numbers ever become large enough, file a class action lawsuit to have those rights restored.