Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Energy Secretary Steven Chu, and California Governor Jerry Brown (D) urged the first-ever joint Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Transportation and Energy Ministers Conference September 13 to invest and encourage development in energy and transportation, and therefore the environment and economy. The APEC region accounts for roughly 60 percent of world energy demand with demand on the rise for the net energy importers, with the United States accounting for two-thirds of the oil use and one-third of the greenhouse gas emissions.