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Breakthrough Institute

Breakthrough Institute

Contributor since: 29 Sep 2011

Breakthrough Institute

The Breakthrough Institute is a paradigm-shifting think tank committed to modernizing liberal thought for the 21st Century. Our core values are integrity, imagination and audacity. Our goal is to accelerate the transition to a future where all the world's inhabitants can enjoy secure, free, prosperous, and fulfilling lives on an ecologically vibrant planet. For more information on The Breakthrough Institute please visit: http://thebreakthrough.org/

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    Published 21 October 2015 | viewed 20,075 times

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  • The Great Fossil Fuel Subsidy Myth

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    Published 18 December 2014 | viewed 10,180 times

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  • Renewable Energy vs Natural Gas – How The Costs Stack Up

    Published 04 November 2014 | viewed 30,127 times

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    Published 08 October 2014 | viewed 5,121 times

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  • Saudi Arabia Aims For Nuclear Power Within 20 Years

    Published 20 September 2014 | viewed 12,404 times

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  • Energy For All – But Make Sure To Read The Fine Print

    Published 18 August 2014 | viewed 5,168 times

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  • Tanzania To Use More Natural Gas And Coal To Combat Energy Poverty

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  • How The US Can Light Up The Futures Of The 1.4 Billion People Without Eletricity

    Published 07 July 2014 | viewed 5,894 times

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  • Why Raising the Price of Fossil Fuels Is A “Waste of Effort”

    Published 14 June 2014 | viewed 5,391 times

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    Published 04 June 2014 | viewed 5,305 times

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    Published 01 November 2013 | viewed 8,940 times

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  • The Renewable Energy Boom that Never Happened

    Published 03 August 2013 | viewed 15,121 times

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    Published 24 July 2013 | viewed 11,472 times

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  • Is the Solar Energy Bubble Finally Bursting?

    Published 23 May 2013 | viewed 15,204 times

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  • Nuclear Fast Reactor: The Saviour of Nuclear Power?

    Published 08 August 2012 | viewed 13,109 times

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  • Cultural Problems which Prevent Progress in the Fracking Debate

    Published 07 August 2012 | viewed 9,065 times

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