Welcome to Bruce Rettig’s blog, Changing Tides. This blog focuses on environmental issues and examines how the human spirit might, or might not, correct current trends. Many of the observations are colored by the author’s experiences while working in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, near the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), along with more recent travels through Nevada’s high mountain desert, often skirting the Nevada Test Range boundary. Other topics are sprinkled in the mix in order to lighten things up (the creative process, the craft of writing, general musings, etc.). All comments submitted to this blog are welcome, including challenging or opposing views. The author attempts to post at least once a week, mostly on Fridays. Please visit with an open mind—there are many different viewpoints, but we all share the same home.
Driving south on US Highway 95 toward Tonopah, Nevada, a brilliant light shining above the desert floor catches your eye. Stretching over six hundred and forty feet in the air, a solar tower collects sunlight from over 10,000 mirrors focused on its apex....read more
Oil drilling efforts are getting closer to the Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). Last month, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management issued a conditional permit for the Liberty Project, a proposal by a subsidiary of Houston-based Hilcorp. The company...read more
Wide-open expanses are where I feel most at home. I jump at opportunities to enjoy the outdoors with family, friends, or by myself. Hiking, backpacking, camping, fishing, snow sports, or merely a brisk trek in the woods or a serene walk along the beach...read more