Now you can off-set both carbon emissions and infidelity!
By Lykke E. Andersen*,
30 July 2007.
Carbon-offsetting (paying others not to emit carbon into
the atmosphere so that you can keep emitting) recently got an
absolutely hilarious equivalent: CheatNeutral (http://www.cheatneutral.com/).
This brilliant initiative allows you to pay somebody else to be
faithful, so that you keep going on as usual. Of course it is
recommended that you first look for ways of reducing your
cheating. But once you have done this, you can use CheatNeutral
to offset the remaining, unavoidable cheating. This supposedly
neutralizes the pain, unhappiness and heartbreak in the
atmosphere and leaves you with a clear conscience.
According to Pete Witucki
(1), there are at least five ways in which CheatNeutral is
like carbon off-setting:
CheatNeutral tries to make it seem acceptable to cheat on
your partner. In the same way, carbon offsetting tries to make
it acceptable to carry on emitting excess carbon.
doesn't really do much to reduce the amount of cheating in the
world. Carbon offsetting does very little to reduce global
It seems impossible to measure how much harm cheating on
someone does. With carbon offsetting, there is currently no
practically feasible way of measuring how much carbon offset
projects actually save.
services available could actually encourages you to cheat more.
If the carbon offsetters persuade you that it's possible to
offset your emissions, you'll carry on emitting excess carbon
through your lifestyle rather than think about reducing your
is fundamentally the wrong way to go about solving problems with
your relationships. Carbon offsetting is fundamentally the wrong
way to go about tackling climate change.