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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

So many clocks, so little time.

Who shares the growing productivity pie?

Productivity is up, but how are employers and workers sharing the gains?
Posted In: productivity, economic pie, companies, shareholders, workers, employee benefits
Men with Cabot Oil and Gas work on a natural gas valve at a hydraulic fracturing site in South Montrose, Pa.

Low oil prices could hurt drillers carrying high debt

Energy companies that need to borrow to keep drilling could be hurt by low prices
Posted In: big oil, fracking, investors, oil industry
A gas pump nozzle sits in a car at a Chevron gas station in San Francisco, California.

How falling prices affect big oil companies

Lower prices at least make refining more profitable
Posted In: oil earnings, Oil, ExxonMobil, Chevron, oil giants
US-Energy-Gas-Environment Jeff Boggs, responsible for the drilling at Consol Energy poses in front of one of the company's Horizontal Gas Drilling Rigs exploring the Marcellus Shale outside the town of Waynesburg, PA.

Ohio wants its slice of fracking's oil wealth

Some states tax oil production much more than other states
Posted In: Oil, fracking, Ohio, severance, severance tax

Denton, Texas debates a fracking ban

The small community could set a precedent for the future of drilling in Texas.
Posted In: fracking, texas
James Hallstrom pumps gas at Holly's Super Gas on Main Street in Westbrook, Maine. The price of oil is dropping, which in turn is affecting the price of heating oil and gas.

When the economy gets a 20 percent discount

The dip in oil prices is looking like a sustained drop. What are the consequences?
Posted In: big oil, oil prices, price drop, oil economy

A better battery is hard to invent

Better batteries are the key to better consumer electronics and electric cars.
Posted In: batteries, electric cars, smartphone
The 14 week old polar bear twins play with their mother in their enclosure during the first outside excursion in the zoo in Munich Hellabrunn, southern Germany, on March 19, 2014.

Why the Pentagon is preparing for climate change

The Pentagon sees climate change ratcheting tensions in already problematic regions.
Posted In: climate change, Pentagon, alternative energy

The first electric cars weren't 'manly' enough

Decisions about fuel have as much to do with gender norms as energy density.
Posted In: gasoline, battery, electric cars, history

What you need to know about the AIG trial

Former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner testifies at the AIG trial.
Posted In: AIG, Timothy Geithner, bailout

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