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"Overcriminalization" describes the trends in America - and particulary in Congress - to use the criminal law to "solve" every problem, punish every mistake (instead of making proper use of civil penalties), and coerce Americans into conforming their behavior to satisfy social engineering objectives.

S 1462: American Clean Energy Leadership Act of 2009

Official Title

An original bill to promote clean energy technology development, enhanced energy efficiency, improved energy security and energy innovation and workforce development, and for other purposes.


This bill would require the Secretary of Energy to complete an efficiency review of electric generation facilities. It would prohibit the improper use or disclosure of information obtained during the review. Violations would be punishable by criminal fines and imprisonment of up to 1 year.

Legislation Details

bingaman (D - NM)


07/16/2009: Reported to Senate Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
07/16/2009: Introduced