As I've said elsewhere
Imagine if I ran a factory tipping loads of toxic waste into the river out the back.
Instead of stopping it, I just carry on selling my products and charge you a premium which I then pay to someone else on the other side of the world to stop them tipping a little toxic sludge into their local river.
I would not do anything to abate the poisoning of my river. In fact, as more people bought from me because of my wonderful offsetting practices, my factory’s production and the resulting dumping of toxic waste would increase.
Would such offsetting salve your conscience? Or should you stop buying from me and try to have me imprisoned?
But even as the decoy industries like biofuels and offsetting try to take hold, they are being knocked down. A UK government survey finds that a majority of people agree that carbon offsetting encourages people to carry on doing things that harm the environment.
As they get disillusioned with carbon offsets, perhaps people might want to try other projects instead. The good people at Cheat Neutral explain
When you cheat on your partner you add to the heartbreak, pain and jealousy in the atmosphere.
Cheatneutral offsets your cheating by funding someone else to be faithful and NOT cheat. This neutralises the pain and unhappy emotion and leaves you with a clear conscience.
Coca-Cola have a well documented record for killing trade union activists at their plants in Colombia.
To remedy this situation, they're offering customers the chance to pay an optional 1p on a can of Coke. They'll keep on killing Colombian trade unionists, but the funds will be donated to trade union projects in countries where encouraging trade union activity isn't so important, so you can drink Coke and have a clear conscience.