This week in Washington, D.C., in a closed World Bank hearing, a multinational mining corporation is arguing the first CAFTA environmental attack case. Using the controversial CAFTA investor rights rules that allow private firms to directly sue governments for policies they claim undermine their expected future profit, Pacific Rim Mining Corp is demanding hundreds of millions of dollars from El Salvador.

That’s right. Because of CAFTA’s extreme guarantees on foreign investor rights, this Canadian mining multinational can demand massive compensation from this small impoverished country. President Obama can help end this nightmare by fulfilling his pledge to purge extreme investor rights from U.S. trade policy and future trade pacts like the Transpacific Partnership (TPP), Obama’s first prospective trade deal, which will be negotiated in San Francisco later this month. More