Scott Tong is a correspondent for Marketplace’s sustainability desk, with a focus on energy, environment, resources, climate, supply chain and the global economy. He services the complete portfolio of Marketplace programming and has reported on several special series including long-term U.S. job creation, U.N. climate talks in Cancun, Mexico, the Japan earthquake and tsunami, the BP oil spill one-year anniversary, and famine in the Horn of Africa. He has reported from more than a dozen countries. Tong joined Marketplace in 2004, serving most recently as the China bureau chief in Shanghai from January 2007 to July 2010. While there, he reported on a special series on the economics of one-child and the 30th anniversary of the one-child policy in China, the Beijing Olympics, the food safety scares in 2007, labor strikes, slave labor, child lead poisoning and baby-selling in China’s international adoption program. Prior to joining Marketplace, Tong worked as a producer and off-air reporter at PBS Newshour with Jim Lehrer for seven years, where he produced a special series from Iraq in 2003.  Tong received his bachelor’s degree in government from Georgetown University. A native of Poughkeepsie N.Y., Tong now lives in Arlington, Va. with his wife and three children. He’s an acknowledged soccer dad, and enjoys cooking, cycling (he bikes to work on a regular basis), and running slowly.

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Sanctions eased, Myanmar attracts businesses

The country formerly known as Burma, long closed to outsiders and subject to sanctions, is a destination for businesses, especially the oil industry.
Posted In: Myanmar, asia
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Congress may block Pentagon's biofuels quest

The Department of Defense, a huge consumer of petroleum, is trying to develop biofuels on a large scale as an alternative. Republicans in Congress have voted the program out of an authorization bill, saying oil and even coal can meet the military's needs.
Posted In: Military and Energy, biofuels, navy
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Chesapeake Energy under investigation for collusion

The nation's number two natural gas driller is facing a Justice Department investigation for colluding with Encana Corporation, allegedly communicating to fix prices on land in Michigan back in 2010.
Posted In: Chesapeake Energy, Encana Corporation
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Japan subsidizes solar power industry

The new government initiative could lift the land of the rising sun to second place among the world's solar energy markets.
Posted In: Japan, solar
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A toxic legacy is fought out in court

A $25 billion lawsuit against a subsidiary of Anadarko, the giant oil and gas company, is about environmental pollution and bankruptcy. The tiny town of Avoca, Pa., one of the plaintiffs.
Posted In: Environment, Kerr-McGee, lawsuits, pollution
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Federal court affirms EPA authority

The U.S. Appeals Court ruling empowering the EPA to regulate greenhouse gas emissions could deal another blow to the slumping coal industry.
Posted In: greenhouse gases, coal, EPA
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Senate probes IPO fairness for small investors

The Senate Banking Committee is holding a hearing today into whether the IPO process is working for ordinary investors. At issue is whether regulators can level the playing field for big and small investors.
Posted In: Facebook, IPO
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Anadarko trial spotlights Oklahoma City oil dynasty

Kerr-McGee, a subsidiary of the giant oil and gas company Anadarko, is being sued for $25 billion in New York City. The company's long history and pedigree resemble a script from the old and recently resurrected TV series "Dallas."
Posted In: Oil, Kerr-McGee, Chesapeake Energy
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Chesapeake shareholders want more answers, action

After the CEO of Chesapeake Energy was drilled by allegations of impropriety, angry shareholders are demanding change.
Posted In: Chesapeake Energy, natural gas
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To guzzle or not to guzzle?

Cars are as American as apple pie, but with the rising price of oil, more Americans are opting for other oil-free means of transportation.
Posted In: Oil, gasoline, gas prices, fuel economy, biking, scott tong

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