Having a stance against resource extraction gives them more bargaining power in regards to responsible resource extraction. This gives you bargaining power and allows the other side to feel like you have given up something in the ultimate compromise. People have no issue when groups such as the NRA take a strong stance that may be more extreme than most people feel, but it gives them bargaining power to get to where they want. If you are negotiating a price, you never start where you want, you start lower, and then work towards what you want to pay. Same way with politics. Start at the extreme, end up in the middle where you want to be.I'm with you until you wrote this. BHA should be railing against all resource extraction? Where exactly do you think the resources humans need should come from? And, all human activity will lead to pollution of some sort. BHA, along with any pragmatic, sensible group or individual should be aware that humans will require resources and that minimizing the negative effects of activity should be the goal. To think otherwise is foolish, naïve and harmful. IMO.