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

Carbon dioxide emissions are falling in the U.S.

Global warming didn't get even a mention in the three presidential debates, but a new study says the U.S. is on track to meet its pledge to reduce emissions by one-sixth. A major reason: the power of federal regulation.
Posted In: carbon emissions

America's energy boom revives Ohio's steel industry

Every fracking well requires miles of pipe. The result is new investment in Ohio steel mills -- which also benefit from cheap natural gas for fuel.
Posted In: Oil, steel, energy

The real energy gusher produced by Ohio fracking: Oil

The presidential campaign talks a lot about coal in Ohio, but the fossil fuel of the moment is oil. Fracking has made possible a second oil boom, more than a century after the state's first one.
Posted In: Oil, fracking, Ohio

Latino voters grow in number, prize jobs and education

A new survey shows the demographic group is most concerned about jobs, the economy, and education for their children.
Posted In: 2012 election, Latino voters

Is the U.S. at risk of another OPEC oil embargo?

The OPEC oil embargo nearly 40 years was a shock to the U.S. and its economy. But the long-term effects proved a shock to Saudi Arabia and other OPEC members, who learned that oil and politics don't mix.
Posted In: Saudi Arabia, OPEC, Oil, energy

Energy independence? For the U.S., it's a pipe dream

The U.S. can become less dependent on foreign oil, but it's still a part of the global oil market --and that means no insulation from oil price shocks.
Posted In: energy, Oil, big oil

Bank of America settles suit over Merrill Lynch deal

Bank of America will pay $2.4 billion to shareholders who accused it of withholding negative information about Merrill Lynch's finances.
Posted In: Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, settlement

Defense layoffs or bluff?

Contractors say 'fiscal cliff' could force layoffs; legal deadline for pink slips looms
Posted In: fiscal cliff, defense contractors

All around, a bad week for all-electric cars

Tesla's behind its production schedule, Toyota is all but abandoning its plans for a plug-in car, and the new Fisker gets a bad review from Consumer Reports.
Posted In: electric cars, tesla, Toyota

Oil sanctions cause pain in Iran, but also at gas pumps

As world leaders gather to discuss the oil santions against Iran, that country is selling only half the volume of a year ago. But its reduced production is raising oil prices around the world.
Posted In: Iran, Oil, gas prices

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