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As an extreme cold snap continued to traverse the Midwest and Eastern United States, "Piers Morgan Tonight," welcomed guests Michael Brune and Marc Morano on Wednesday evening to discuss one of the priority topics for the Obama administration, climate change.
"The reality is that extreme weather is here," said Brune, the executive director of the Sierra Club. "The science is settled."
"We noticed that last year we had record numbers of wildfires throughout the Mountain West," explained Brune. "Sixty-one percent of the country suffered a crippling drought. We had Superstorm Sandy with a 1,000-mile diameter storm hitting the east coast."
Meanwhile Morano, the editor-in-chief of Climatedepot.com was of a different opinion and noted, "Evidence is everywhere when you look for extremes. But the bottom line is we have always had extreme weather."
And in response to Morano's perspective, Brune replied, "I haven't met Marc. I'm sure he's a nice guy. He's not a climate scientist. He runs a website that's financed by Chevron and Exxon."
Later in the program, country music singer, songwriter and actor, Dwight Yoakam sat down with Piers Morgan in studio where the two discussed another hot-button issue, guns in America.
"Guns are very serious instruments of survival and defense. But they are weapons," acknowledged Yoakam, a gun owner. "They are dangerous weapons. And you got to be very cautious with them, around them, about them."
"The Newtown tragedy was an anomalous horror," continued Yoakam. "I know how Newtown happened. I'm still really, really wrecked over why."
Watch the clips and listen to the interview as Yoakam tries to explain the fear of "tyranny" among some Americans.
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