These media sources are slightly to moderately conservative in bias. They often publish factual information that utilizes loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes) to favor conservative causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information, but may require further investigation. See all Right-Center sources.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Notes: Founded in 2003, The Breakthrough Institute is a think tank located in Oakland, California. According to their about page “The Breakthrough Institute is a global research center that identifies and promotes technological solutions to environmental and human development challenges.” Philosophically, the Breakthrough Institute is associated with the ecological modernist movement, ecomodernism. Ecomodernists are characterized by their belief that technology can be harnessed to better humanity and the environment. They frequently support genetic engineering and believe that nuclear energy is necessary in order to address global warming.
In review, the Breakthrough Institute advocates for the use of technology to address environmental issues such as climate change. Breakthrough has been criticized by both the right and the left. On the right, they have been criticized for arguing about the importance of the federal government in producing technological innovations. On the left, they have been criticized for arguing that carbon pricing is not the solution to climate change, for being pro-nuclear, and for touting natural gas as a way to decrease coal usage. There is little use of loaded language and all information is properly sourced. A factual search reveals they have not failed any fact checks.
Overall, we rate The Breakthrough Institute Right-Center Biased based on the use of market based solutions for environmental issues and High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing. (D. Van Zandt 4/22/2018)
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