Oregon Wild releases 'The 12 Clearcuts of Christmas' satirical video, claims four-minute clip highlights 'destructive' logging legislation proposed by US Sen. Wyden, US Rep. DeFazio, and others in Congress

PORTLAND, Oregon , December 20, 2013 (press release) – Satire highlights plans by Wyden, others to clearcut Oregon's public lands, clean water, and wildlife.

The conservation group Oregon Wild today released a satirical comedy video aimed at increasing public awareness of environmentally destructive logging legislation proposed by Senator Ron Wyden, Representative Peter DeFazio, and others in Congress.

The four-minute video clip, set to the tune of "The 12 Days of Christmas" and credited to the "Oregon Wild Singers," features a bouncing chainsaw combined with photos and lyrics that highlight the reckless nature of clearcutting legislation.

"When it comes to the environment, some Oregon politicians are behaving more like the Grinch than Santa," observed Sean Stevens, Oregon Wild's Executive Director.

The video features the images of Senator Ron Wyden, along with Representatives Peter DeFazio, Greg Walden, Kurt Schrader and Doc Hastings (of Washington). All have proposed legislation to weaken protections for clean water and wildlife in Western Oregon to promote aggressive logging, including clearcutting. Their justification is the need to provide money to some counties which have been unable to solve local budget shortfalls.

The video calls on conservation-minded Oregonians to contact Senator Wyden and tell him that they oppose legislation that would weaken environmental safeguards and use aggressive logging to bail out county budgets.

"Despite the gloomy content, we hope the humor of the 12 Clearcuts of Christmas will spread some holiday cheer to environmentally-minded Oregonians," concluded Stevens. "But we also want to help them keep a list of which politicians are being naughty to Oregon's rivers, forests, and wildlife."

Lyrics to "The 12 Clearcuts of Christmas" follow:

On the first day of Christmas, Congress gave to me:

A clearcut where there used to be trees

Two endangered owls

Three muddy rivers

Four less legal rights

Five chainsaws buzzing

Six firs a-falling

Seven stumps not growing

Eight log trucks roaring

Nine endangered salmon

Ten lobbyists cheering

Eleven mudslides flowing

Twelve protesters chanting

And a clearcut where there used to be trees!

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