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What makes the dollar strong?

Aug 23, 2019

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Scott Tong

Correspondent

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I report on sustainability issues (energy, climate, environment, resources) for Marketplace, as well as the U.S.-China technology relationship, frequently describes as “fraught.” I am Marketplace’s former China bureau chief.

What was your first job?

English-language audiotape (yes, tape) voice-over work. Sixth grade.Taiwan.

What advice do you wish someone had given you before you started this career?

Show up an hour before the interview.

Fill in the blank: Money can’t buy you happiness, but it can buy you ______.

Gas for kid carpools; Washington Capitals hockey tickets.

What is something that everyone should own, no matter how much it costs?

Smoker (plus wooden slotted spoon).

What’s your most memorable Marketplace moment?

Sneaking into Burma for twenty bucks.

Latest Stories from Scott (1,159)

Trade showdown

China's new tariff retaliation hits U.S. auto and parts sectors

by Scott Tong Aug 23, 2019
China is the No. 2 export market for U.S. vehicles, notably the BMW X5 sport utility vehicle assembled in Spartanburg County, South Carolina.
Cars produced by SAIC Motor Corp. wait to be exported to the U.S. at a port in Lianyungang in China's eastern Jiangsu province in 2018. China's new tariffs affect U.S. cars being exported to China.
AFP/Getty Images

Automakers follow California's emissions rules to help reach Obama-era reduction targets

by Scott Tong Aug 22, 2019
Automakers are deciding whether to choose stricter emissions standards set by California, or a regulatory "freeze" proposed by the Trump administration.
Morning commuters travel the 210 freeway between Los Angeles and cities to the east near Pasadena, California.
David McNew/Getty Images

Trump's visit to Shell plant highlights natural gas challenges

by Scott Tong Aug 13, 2019
Pennsylvania's natural gas industry hopes the plant can bring a lifeline to a sector beleaguered by overproduction.
Plastic bottles and other trash washed up on the shores of Scotland.
Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

RePlanet shuts down amid trying times for recycling industry

by Scott Tong and Associated Press Aug 6, 2019
One of the largest recycling companies in California just declared insolvency and shut down all of its bottle and can redemption centers.
This RePlanet bottle and can redemption center, shown here on August 6, 2019, is one of two in Alameda, California. RePlanet recently declared insolvency and closed all of its centers in California.
Jon Gordon/Marketplace

Some utility companies are racing to be carbon neutral

by Scott Tong Jul 26, 2019
Many suppliers of electrical power are facing the question of when to get to zero emissions, not if they need to get there.
A windfarm is seen in 2006 near Palm Springs, California.
Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images)

Corporate infighting leaves New Jersey residents unsure who will clean up chemical contamination

by Scott Tong Jul 18, 2019
Corporate infighting in an environmental liability suit has residents of a New Jersey township worried if their soil and water will be cleaned up.
WILMINGTON, DE - DECEMBER 11: Dupont corporate headquarters as seen in 2015 in Wilmington, Delaware
Mark Makela/Getty Images

Slowing growth in China a concern to global companies

by Scott Tong Jul 15, 2019
Global automakers, to take one example, are finding the downward trend concerning.
Boxes of photoelectric board products are cased at the Tianwei Yingli Green Energy Resources plant in Baoding, China.
Feng Li/Getty Images

It's getting more expensive to emit carbon pollution in Europe

by Scott Tong Jul 12, 2019
In Europe's cap-and-trade market to limit emissions of carbon dioxide, the price of an allowance to pollute has increased to an 11-year high.
Steam and exhaust rise from a power plant in Oberhausen, Germany, in 2017.
Lukas Schulze/Getty Images

Amid fracking boom, some drillers struggle to earn

by Scott Tong Jul 11, 2019
Natural gas companies are struggling, in large part because the prices they’re selling at are so low.
Swallows fly past a high-pressure gas line crossing a canal in an oil field over the Monterey Shale formation where gas and oil are extracted using fracking near Lost Hills, California.
David McNew/Getty Images

Bill to regulate "Teflon" chemicals in water continues through Congress

by Scott Tong Jul 5, 2019
A bill to regulate so-called "Teflon" chemicals found in nonstick pans and waterproof clothing is moving quickly through Congress.
"Teflon" chemicals can be found in waterproof shoes, rain jackets and cookware.
Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images