These media sources are slight to moderately conservative in bias. They often publish factual information that utilizes loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by appeals 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.
- 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 and a reasonable fact check record.
Bias Rating: RIGHT-CENTER
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Press Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Organization/Foundation
Traffic/Popularity: Minimal Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
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.”
Funded by / Ownership
The Breakthrough Institute is funded through subscription fees and donations.
Analysis / Bias
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 to address global warming.
In review, the Breakthrough Institute advocates for technology to address environmental issues such as climate change. Both the right and the left have criticized breakthrough. 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 claiming 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.
Failed 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 and a reasonable fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 4/22/2018) Updated (01/25/2022)
Last Updated on May 15, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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