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December 18th, 2009
09:49 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 12/18/09

Tonight on 360°, we're tracking the massive storm that could cause a big mess along the east coast this weekend. Plus,  a Mexican  drug cartel leader is killed and law enforcement is on alert for reprisal attacks. We take you inside the war next door.

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  1. Dodie

    Good evening everyone

    Today in California, I used the A/C in the car as it was so hot today! I am still waiting for winter. Wondering when Winter will ever appear!

    December 18, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  2. starr, formerly known as vincent

    I agree with David Gergen...this agreement is not adequate.

    I doubt very much if the Senate Will agree to Any bill on climate change without Binding agreements from the other industrial countries.

    God forgive me, i really liked it when Sen. Franken denied Liebeman a "few more moments" to speak.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  3. Will

    @Mike, I would have to disagree that the assumption from the Obama Administration was that his mere presence would woo everyone into coming onto this agreement. I just think his attendance shows how important the conference and global warming means to him. If he walks away from the table with something then at least we made progress.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  4. Emily

    if all these Leaders are SO concerned about the environment, and what their carbon-footprint is, they should have held this meeting by SKYPE!
    Instead, they showed up in private jets, and limos, etc!
    Irony?

    December 18, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  5. Annie Kate

    Copenhagen was suppose to be where we all put our stakes in the ground and agreed on what we were going to do to effectively deal with climate change. But, even if Obama had promised specific actions would he have gotten support from Congress when he got back home. Gore had that problem with the Kyoto Protocol – Gore and the US envoys bought into Kyoto and Congress let it die on the vine and let Bush go around Congress to give his buddies in big oil and big coal to continue to plunder the earth and add to the problems in our climate.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  6. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    This administration has been bombarded with an unprecedented amount of challenges in 11 months. There are so many balls in the air I'm afraid we're not going to accomplish any real quality changes, at all.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  7. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    For a deal to be a deal it has to be binding, not just a statement of goals. No one would sign a contract with language like that.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  8. fernando

    it is madness to enter into an agreement on a subject that is riddled with more holes than swiss cheese.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  9. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    The leaders are gone, let the negotiators when they saw that nothing would be completed. It was too bad ....

    December 18, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  10. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    A. Smith, Oregon
    I think so. Maybe it will have to change climate globing by 2020.... I am not sure, we will wait and see if found out for sure.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  11. Karin

    Re: Global Wariming
    With so many parties involved to achieve universal consensus to get a legal binding deal, we shouldn't be surprised with the result in Copenhagen. The Congress cannot even agree on the Health Care Bill.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  12. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @Emily, thanks. Just missed the DC storm. Came back from there last night.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  13. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    @Colleen...a-shirt=ahtletic shirt which has no sleeves. Actually it was a sleeveless shirt (I get mixed-up on the definition).

    December 18, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  14. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    It seems to me that President Obama can just show up and wing it expecting everyone to fall over themselves to please him. This conference should have been worked out all in advance.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  15. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Yes Casey! Erica is doing great job fill-in for Anderson tonight...... She is reallly smart tonight.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  16. Emily

    @ Mike, formerly from Syracuse,

    "That clip showed just how little respect Obama has from China."

    Today, with the fact that America is so in dept to China, it seems like they have no respect for anyone! ...and why would they?

    btw,
    glad to see you back too!

    December 18, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  17. A. Smith, Oregon

    At least the President of the United States is talking about Global Climate Change along with a large number of world leaders, that's a marked improvement from Big Oil's Bush jr. and his sidekick Dick Cheney.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  18. Sharon Hastings

    It looks like we're a long way from any climate agreement. All the recent controversy doesn't help. As usual David G. does a great job of explaining. Good to see you tonight too, Erica.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  19. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    @ Emily and @Megan

    This week was difficult for me, but I'm happy to be here today!
    I missed the live blog!

    December 18, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  20. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    I like it when Erica anchors. Nice change of pace.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  21. colleen

    @Casey Jones – I've always heard of a T-shirt. What's an A-shirt?

    December 18, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  22. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Casey, I agree with you,
    We will wait and see if they will agree these climate globing to meet their leaders.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  23. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @Karin, in the 24 years I lived in Syracuse 7 snowfall records were set. Global warming?

    December 18, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  24. charlie

    I trust the Chinese ability to implement change more, than the lobbyist controlled US.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  25. A. Smith, Oregon

    Control the Global Temperature to a mere 2 degrees Centigrade by 2020?

    The worlds population will be nearly doubled then, there's no way, nor will to limit global temperatures as stated.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  26. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    This time I didn't like the speech of President Obama.

    Actually I didn't like anything in The COP-15

    December 18, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  27. Emily

    It sounds like a great photo-opt for all of them....as you said Erica, this is not legally binding or enforceable....what's the point?

    December 18, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  28. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Hi Isabel,
    Welcome back,........ Missed you this week..

    December 18, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  29. charlie

    What is the big deal with monitoring? Emissions can be monitored from space.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  30. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    @Mike, formerly from Syracuse, I'm guessing the last person that had any respect from the Chinese was Nixon.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  31. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    Ok, the deal is far from all levels of our ambition, but I disagree completely with the jargon: "This agreement is better than no agreement."

    December 18, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  32. Karin

    @Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Ironic, yes but let's not forget it is winter and snowstorms do happen.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  33. starr, formerly known as vincent

    Hello Erica & entire Team 360. TGIF

    Hello fellow bloggers – TGIF

    I am disappointed in a NON binding agreement on climate change. That's really no change.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  34. Emily

    @Lisa L,

    So, how are your 'summer months' there?
    What the weather like there right now for you?

    December 18, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  35. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Helloooo (Anderson0, Erica, Ed Henry, David Gergen Martina Ilstad, Emily and my friends Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!!
    Thank God It's Friday night!!!
    Couldn't wait this weekend........

    Wow! What pack of snow east coast!!!
    Thanks for coming tonight! 🙂

    December 18, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  36. Cynthia, NC

    Good evening everyone!. It's a cold and rainy night here in this part of NC. No snow around here...... 😦

    December 18, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  37. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    That clip showed just how little respect Obama has from China.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  38. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    Wow! The Press Secretary really had his hands full. Interesting. Are we the "bad" guys or something?

    December 18, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  39. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Pretty ironic. Obama will have trouble getting back from a global warming conference due to a snow storm.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  40. Lisa L

    Good evening Anderson,

    You are doing a great job keeping me informed.

    I trust you are enjoying life and work.

    Sincerely,

    Lisa L
    Sydney, Australia

    December 18, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  41. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    Sad end of the negotiation with which the world dreamed!

    The COP-15 meeting ended in a pathetic and embarrassing. The leaders are gone, let the negotiators negotiate a text that began to be challenged before being released.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  42. A. Smith, Oregon

    The massive re-distrubution of water is one effect of Global Climate Change.

    Those in America should carefully watch Australia at this time to see how their Summer months are going to be, likely hot and very dry.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  43. Emily

    Hi Isabel Siaba,

    You were missed yesterday...hope that all is well with you! 🙂

    December 18, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  44. janeh

    Good evening all. I'm glad that storm isn't coming this far north.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  45. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    I don't want to brag (NOT) but it was 79 degrees with clear blue skies today. I was in and out of my home in my running shorts and A-shirt all day. Almost time for spring!

    December 18, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  46. Emily

    That is quite a storm that is hitting and it's not even January yet!

    I hate to think of what it will be like in February!

    December 18, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  47. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    Hey everyone: Erica, David (Indiana), friends and bloggers!

    Happy Friday!

    December 18, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  48. A. Smith, Oregon

    Good evening Anderson Cooper, Erica Hill, Megan, and the CNN 360 Staff.

    Happy Weekend Everyone!

    December 18, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  49. Sharon Hastings

    Good evening Anderson and all bloggers. TGIF. No snow in Naples, Florida, but we did have a tornado come over the city this morning with some really awful weather.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  50. Emily

    Good evening Anderson, Erica, Megan, Martina, & Bloggers!

    Happy Friday Everyone! 🙂

    Hi Erica,
    good to see you hosting!

    December 18, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
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