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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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Features by Scott Tong

Pumpjacks and wells are at work in an oil field near McKittrick, California.

The future of oil and gas after the boom

The price of oil is dropping. Good news or bad news?
Posted In: Oil, gas
Dogs behind the window at a PetSmart Inc. store in New York.

Private equity's PetSmart maneuver

PetSmart, with its brick-and-mortar allure, sells for $8.7 billion.
Posted In: petsmart, buyout, BC partners, acquisition
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Japan prepares to vote

Here’s a bright idea: in the middle of a recession, call an election.
Posted In: business, Shinzo Abe, Japan, japan election
A man walks by a sign at a Merck plant in Rahway, New Jersey.

Merck invests in new antibiotics

Pharmaceutical companies have stayed away from developing new antibiotics even though deaths from drug-resistant infections are rising.
Posted In: antibiotics, merck, acquisition
Ian Robertson, chief of sales and marketing at the BMW Group, debuts the BMW X6M on Nov. 19 at the Los Angeles Auto Show's press and trade day.

What's driving an increase in auto sales?

Analysts expect the holidays to come early for automakers.
Posted In: auto sales, car sales, auto market

Market forces catch up to OPEC

Changes in global supply and demand have weakened OPEC's influence in the market.
Posted In: crude oil, OPEC, oil price

Supreme Court to hear case on plant emission rules

It's the EPA vs. Industry in a battle of cost versus benefit.
Posted In: carbon emissions, coal plants, EPA
A Starbucks counter displays calorie information on muffins in New York City.

Does caloric transparency change behavior?

New FDA rules require more food sellers to reveal number of calories in what they sell.
Posted In: FDA, Health, calorie
Gas is flared as waste in March from the Monterey Shale formation where gas and oil is extracted using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, near Buttonwillow, California.

The problem with fracking

Fracked oil wells decline in output quickly -- requiring more fracked wells
Posted In: Oil, fracking, enviroment
French Foreign minister Laurent Fabius speaks to media upon arrival for nuclear talks with Iran in the Palais Coburg in Vienna on November 21, 2014.

What might happen after Iran sanctions are lifted

Monday is the deadline for a deal in Iran’s nuclear talks.
Posted In: Iran, Oil, nuclear, oil sanctions

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