While it is theoretically a strong argument that it is India's turn to grow their economy so they should not have to tax their cheap fossil fuel energy, it is a short-term view. India is also one of the first-in-line, down-the-line, to pick up the real global warming tab which, in their case, is a not-so-mighty Ganges.
India and China are among the world's largest polluters and are coming under international pressure to agree to mandatory emission cuts.
A recent report by environmental experts said India would be among the countries worst affected by climate change.
In his opening remarks at the meeting of India's National Council for Climate Change, Mr Singh acknowledged the scale of the problem.
But no mention was made of cutting carbon emissions.