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As Hagel faces confirmation battle, new and old energy issues likely to arise

The tough confirmation battle awaiting Chuck Hagel, who will be nominated this afternoon to become the next secretary of Defense, will focus on his controversial comments on Israel, Iran, gays and potential budget cuts. But those close to the process say he is also likely to be the first nominee to face detailed questions on the military's $15 billion annual energy addiction.

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