Californians to Big Oil: 'The Free Ride Is Over'
More than 1,000 Californians marched on the headquarters of one of the world's biggest petroleum companies to demand that Big Oil do its part to fix the state budget crisis.
"We all know about the disaster happening in the Gulf of Mexico. But there's a disaster happening right here in California - that's the huge budget cuts to social services and schools," said Marlene Allen, GAIN Services Supervisor who talked to the crowd.
The marchers poured fake oil on the sidewalk outside Occidental Petroleum and left a memo to the legislature to end the 'free ride.' California is the only oil-producing state that does not tax oil drilling off our shores or beneath our ground. They also launched a new website -- www.letsrebuildca.org -- where people can pledge to rebuild California.