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Palmer joins public affairs firm Total Spectrum

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Fred Palmer, formerly Senior Vice President of Government Relations at Peabody Energy, has joined US public affairs firm, Total Spectrum/Steve Gordon & Associates, as partner. Palmer will divide his time between Washington DC and Phoenix, Arizona.

Palmer’s new role will focus on advancing policies at the state and federal level to preserve America’s coal-fired power industry, protect coal production from the various US coalfields and create policy parity for modern coal technology.

“Fred understands how important electricity, water and transportation are to continued economic growth,” said Steve Gordon, Managing Partner of Total Spectrum. “Fred knows how to get things done – and I am delighted that he has brought his unique professional profile and public affairs management experience to Total Spectrum and Total Spectrum Arizona.”

Palmer is originally from Phoenix, Arizona, earning a Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctorate from the University of Arizona. As well as roles with Peabody Energy, Palmer served as CEO of the Western Fuels Association (WFA) and as the WFA’s representative on the board of the National Mining Association, where he headed the Legal Committee.

He also served a two year term as Chairman of the London-based World Coal Association and as Chairman of the Coal Policy Committee from 2010 and 2015.

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