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.
Posted In: Japan, electricity, solar, power, fossil fuels
The expansion of solar power to replace nuclear has hit a wall: The capacity of Japan's grid.
Posted In: crude oil, trains, oil spill
An uptick in accidents suggests tougher rules for oil tankers will prevail.
Posted In: Toyota, France, Japan
The Japanese worry that their corporations are as insular as the country, and aren't adapting to the global market.
Posted In: snow, Congress, climate change
There is a cost to gridlock, but there are also economic winners.
Posted In: DC, sewage, treatment
DC Water considers sewage a natural resource it can convert to a profitable product
Posted In: Baltimore, sewage, infrastructure
The city's sewer system is 100 years old. Some pipes are made of wood or clay.
The tunnel will prevent sewage from mixing with water flowing into nearby rivers.
Posted In: drilling, Health, energy, big oil
The Baker Hughes Rig Count gets much attention. Does it still reflect oil production?
Posted In: energy, batteries, electric cars
In his new book, Steve LeVine details what sparks battery innovation.
Posted In: international energy agency, barrel of oil, crude oil
Without OPEC ruling the market, analysts look to the International Energy Agency.