A carefully planned 115 day expedition to study the effects of global warming was put on hold Wednesday. The reason? Too much ice.
The irony is just so good.
I keep singing a little bit in my head as I read this article…
From the Daily Caller:
The CCGS Amundsen, a Medium Arctic icebreaker and Arctic research vessel operated by the Canadian Coast Guard, was to travel throughout Hudson Bay, a body of water in northeastern Canada, but was rerouted to help ships who were stuck in the icy water.
A Coast Guard officer said the conditions were the “worst he’s seen in 20 years,” reports CBC news.
“Obviously it has a large impact on us,” says Martin Fortier, executive director of ArcticNet, which coordinates research on the vessel. “It’s a frustrating situation.”
ArcticNet is a network of scientists who study “the impacts of climate change and modernization in the coastal Canadian Arctic.”
The vessel is one of only two icebreakers in the Arctic, leaving the ship obligated to reroute their travel plans to help break ice for resupply ships.
Johnny Leclair, an assistant commissioner for the Coast Guard, said there should be two more icebreakers headed to the Arctic in the next week, which would free up their ship to continue on their originally planned trip.
Fortier is hopeful the season will still be productive.
“The people planning the large expeditions have a plan B,” Fortier said. “We have already curtailed or either moved to a later date some of the stations and some of the areas we were suppose to sample.”
Well, at least you have a Plan B, right? Because it wouldn’t make sense to abandon a mission with such obvious potential, of course. *Insert sarcasm font* I mean, really, this is just asinine. Why on earth would this still be a deal we are tabling? Oh. I forgot. Global warming is real, you guys. Totally.