The federal government spent $7 million in taxpayer dollars on a climate change study that determined trees can’t grow here without water.

We kid you not.

A six-year-old child knows that plants and trees can’t grow without water, but this came as a surprise to government scientists who spent the $7 million on seeds, heat lamps and scaffolding to simulate global warming.

They wanted to see if the heat lamps, aka global warming, would entice conifers to grow beyond the tree lines into higher elevations.

In a nutshell, it won’t.

Scientists said they didn’t realize how important water would be in tree adaptation.

That’s right. Unless rainfall is created at higher elevations, one scientist said, trees can’t survive.