This may read like a piece of satire from “The Onion,” but we assure you it’s not.

A $17 million global warming research program in Canada was recently canceled due to “unprecedented” summer ice. You can’t make this stuff up:

The study, entitled BaySys, is a $17-million four-year-long program headed by the University of Manitoba. It was planning to conduct the third leg of its research by sending 40 scientists from five Canadian universities out into the Bay on the Canadian Research Icebreaker CCGS Amundsen to study “contributions of climate change and regulation on the Hudson Bay system.”

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But unfortunately for the icebreaker Amundsen, the ice was just too thick to break:

The ice was creating havoc in the area, puncturing hulls causing some boats to sink and freezing other boats in place. Barber said that there were numerous search and rescue operations requiring helicopters taking place multiple times a day. The team quickly saw that, because Canada has limited ice breakers and the situation was so dire, there was no other alternative to canceling their mission.

But wait — isn’t all the Arctic ice supposed to be melting? Liberal climate alarmists quickly realized that more ice didn’t fit their global warming narrative, so they reversed course and blamed the conditions on the much more amorphous “climate change.” Just listen to Dr. David Barber, the lead scientist on the study:

“Normally these conditions aren’t so bad. This is climate change fully in action – affecting our ability to make use of marine resources and transport things.”

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“This is a wake-up call for all of us in the country.”

But even more laughable is how “Vice” writer Mack Lemoureux attempts to cover for Dr. Barber. According to Barber, the sea ice floes they found in the Hudson Bay were “five metres thick.” Lemoureux goes on to explain:

Essentially, the Arctic ice, because of climate change, is having its thickness reduced which in turn allows the ice to become more mobile. The ice was able to escape the Arctic to the Labrador current and make its way south.

However, according to the National Snow & Ice Data Center, “most of the Arctic is covered by sea ice 2 to 3 meters (6 to 9 feet) thick,” with only some Arctic regions being covered in ice “that is 4 to 5 meters (12 to 15 feet) thick.” This means that the ice found in the Hudson Bay was right on par with what’s typical — not thinner than average.

Try again, alarmists. You’re not fooling anyone.

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