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: batteries, electric cars, smartphone
Better batteries are the key to better consumer electronics and electric cars.
Posted In: climate change, Pentagon, alternative energy
The Pentagon sees climate change ratcheting tensions in already problematic regions.
Posted In: gasoline, battery, electric cars, history
Decisions about fuel have as much to do with gender norms as energy density.
Posted In: AIG, Timothy Geithner, bailout
Former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner testifies at the AIG trial.
Posted In: Oil, OPEC, energy, Environment, fuel
A global glut of oil has potential to pit key suppliers in a price war.
Posted In: crude oil, Islam, refinery
The U.S. is bombing refineries so small, they could almost fit in a pickup truck.
Posted In: carbon dioxide, sustainable energy, alternative energy
Putting a price on carbon will create financial incentives to emit less.
Posted In: climate change, climate, divestment
There's more to just environmental concerns to climate change policy.
Posted In: gas prices, fracking, gasoline
The global glut of oil is pushing gasoline prices down.
Posted In: ISIL, terrorism, defense department
In the larger scheme, a $6 billion investment against ISIS is war on the cheap