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: climate change, urgency, gas prices
Falling gas prices have been big news all week, but as the mid-term elections showed, for American voters, the flip side of cheap gas -- climate change – is a low urgency issue.
Posted In: productivity, economic pie, companies, shareholders, workers, employee benefits
Productivity is up, but how are employers and workers sharing the gains?
Posted In: big oil, fracking, investors, oil industry
Energy companies that need to borrow to keep drilling could be hurt by low prices
Posted In: oil earnings, Oil, ExxonMobil, Chevron, oil giants
Lower prices at least make refining more profitable
Posted In: Oil, fracking, Ohio, severance, severance tax
Some states tax oil production much more than other states
Posted In: fracking, texas
The small community could set a precedent for the future of drilling in Texas.
Posted In: big oil, oil prices, price drop, oil economy
The dip in oil prices is looking like a sustained drop. What are the consequences?
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.