Robert F. Kennedy Jr. coming to Portland to protest coal

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. will headline a protest against coal at Portland's Pioneer Courthouse Square Monday.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. will headline a protest against coal at Portland's Pioneer Courthouse Square Monday.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. will headline a rally in Portland Monday protesting plans to establish coal export facilities in the Pacific Northwest.

Kennedy, a vocal environmental advocate and chairman of the Waterkeeper Alliance, will speak at Pioneer Courthouse Square at noon on Monday.

Kennedy will be joined by Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen, and a number of other activists including Hao Xin, a river advocate from Zhejang Province, China.

China is among the intended destination for coal that would be exported from the U.S. Powder River Basin to Asia via export facilities which have been proposed for a number of Northwest ports.

Last week, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber asked the federal government to perform a thorough review of export proposals, expressing concern over the plan to use local ports to move the coal into the Pacific.

Monday's rally is being organized by Columbia Riverkeeper, Climate Solutions and the local chapters of Sierra Club and Greenpeace USA.

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