Former New York Gov. George Pataki appeared on Fox News Sunday, where he was asked about his belief that human activities cause climate change.

“I am different from every other Republican seeking the nomination in that I’m a limited government conservative,” Pataki said. “Republicans have to embrace science. There’s no question, none, that CO2 emitted by humans is a greenhouse gas that will warm the atmosphere all things being equal. That doesn’t mean we have to accept Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton’s big strategy of raising government power, government control over energy and manufacturing in this country.”

“Republicans should embrace innovation, American invention,” Pataki continued. “We are the only country in the world that today has fewer greenhouse gas emissions than in 1995 and it’s not because of the EPA or big government programs. It’s because of private industry innovation.”

“We’re Americans. We can look at the 21st century with confidence and optimism.”