Climate change expert Aaron Doering charged with choking his fiancée

From The NY Post

By Joshua Rhett Miller                                                 December 28, 2018 | 9:41am | Updated

181228-Aaron-H.-Doering

Aaron Doering Hennepin County Jail

A well-known climate change expert and professor at the University of Minnesota choked and brutally assaulted his fiancée, who told cops she fears he will kill her, according to a criminal complaint.

Aaron Herbert Doering, a 47-year-old tenured professor and the director of the Minneapolis university’s Learning Technologies Media Lab, was charged Thursday with two felony counts of domestic assault by strangulation in Hennepin County District Court, the Star Tribune reports.

Doering — who also serves as a fellow for the Royal Canadian Geographic Society and regularly appears on media outlets to discuss climate change, sustainability and related topics — had to be separated from his fiancée by responding officers when they got to the couple’s apartment in Minneapolis, according to a criminal complaint obtained by the newspaper.

The woman, who had bruises on her neck and red marks on her forehead, told police Doering had dragged her through the apartment by her hair before beating her and choking her to the point that she thought she would lose consciousness, the complaint shows.

“Victim believes [Doering] will kill her if he returns to the apartment,” according to the court document.

The woman claimed that the alleged assault was not the first time she had been victimized by Doering. She also provided police with photographs to back up those claims.

Doering, who remains jailed in Hennepin County on $40,000 bond, is set to make his initial court appearance Friday afternoon, county records show.

Doering’s status at the university remained unchanged as of late Thursday, a spokeswoman told the Star Tribune.

“We’re aware of the situation and will be reviewing the matter,” director of public relations Lacey Nygard said.

Read the full story here.

HT/ChrisW, Eric H, Quinn, Bruce Wilkins, Boulder Skeptic, and a few others.

Advertisements

91 thoughts on “Climate change expert Aaron Doering charged with choking his fiancée

    • Just another of the many delusional, but dangerous, climate change fanatics showing their true colours

    • Interesting fellow….

      It appears that a certain degree of fanaticism is working its way into the climate change morass, resulting in such heinous things as committing suicide by self-immolation in New York City’s Central Park, in full view of children – remember that one? – and beating significant others, more than once, too.

      Yes, really peaceful people, aren’t they?

      • It would be interesting to see a study by qualified people not just on fanatic statements but those who are driven to fanatic actions and correlated with people of both stripes. Good thesis for an ambitious psych major.

  1. Maybe she told him she was a climate change denier. Men who beat,assault, rape or injure or kill women should be jailed and society should throw away the key to the isolated cell that we banish them to.

    • Climate alarmists have a pattern for such behaviour. Al Gore sexually allegedly assaulted a massage therapist in a hotel room and Dr Pachauri was also caught trying to adjust a model without her permission. In Australia a Greens MP was also recently forced to resign over repeated sexual harrassment alogations.

      If you look at the people who engage in left wing politics in general, you can see a pattern of intolerance and violence, ranging from violent street protests to public calls to imprison or even kill those who don’t subscibe to their political positions. The violent protests following Trump’s election win demonstarted their disdain for democracy when the majority view doesn’t align to their own ideology. In Australia, the left wing protest group was in a fury following the election of a conservative leader back in 2012 and walked around for weeks holding up an effigy of his bloodied head in a noose, wearing T shirts saying F…Abbott. A situation that would never occur in reverse if a left-wing leader was elected.

      Basically, left-wing people are savagely intollerant and quickly prone to violence when they don’t get their own way. They also hide under a false pretense of moral cause and virtue signalling to fool the general public while they carry on pushing their destructive ideology unabated.

      • What is it with all these lefties?

        Are they so hard-up that the only way they can get laid is to force themselves upon women?

        Or do they get a power-rush from engaging in abusive behavior?

        Seems to be a problem, particularly with the political left. Maybe it’s the lack of a moral center.

        Read below about “Slick Willie” Clinton in the USA and Jack “Mehoff” Layton in Canada:
        ______________________________________

        “MILLWEE: He [Bill Clinton] came in [to the editing room] behind me, started hunching me to the point that he had an orgasm. He’s touching, trying to touch my breasts and I’m just sitting there very stiffly, just waiting for him to leave me alone. And I’m asking him the whole time, ‘Please do not do this. Do not touch me. Do not hunch me. I do not want this.’ And he finished doing what he was doing and walked out.”
        http://www.politico.com/blogs/on-media/2016/10/former-tv-reporter-accuses-bill-clinton-of-sexual-assault-229987

        Bill reminds me of my friend’s dachshund. When I was a kid I used to visit my genius friend Peter, and he would always admonish me to put my shoes in the closet and close the door. Seems his dog had a shoe fetish, and would make wild passionate love to your footwear if you left them in sight. Gives whole new meaning to the term “wiener dog”. If I ever encounter a dog like this again. I’m going to call him “Clinton”. 🙂
        ______________________________________

        Even notice how the press gives lefties a free pass when they (all too frequently) reveal themselves as sexual predators? Canadian NDP Socialist leader Jack “Mehoff” Layton was caught by the Toronto police in a raid of notorious massage parlour, famous for their “happy endings”, and was given a free pass by the police AND the press.
        ______________________________________

        A close friend recently told me about his former girlfriend, a beautiful young woman who was asked by the local NDP Party brass to accompany the NDP national leader while he was in her city. This was an earlier Canadian NDP leader, previous to Mehoff. She was flattered at first, but was shocked when he became a drunken groper and aggressor in the evening. It is probable that the local brass knew of his character flaws and tried to accommodate him – but they picked the wrong girl.
        ______________________________________

      • Interesting assertion. It sounds like a subject for a major psychological study. Good for a ph.d or even a nobel if it works out. Plenty of data already on the prosecution records.
        arationofreason

  2. “A well-known climate change expert”

    Should read “an unknown education expert”.

    From his CV:

    Areas of Interest
    Online and mobile teaching and learning, adventure learning, geospatial learning, TPACK, technology integration in K-12 settings

    Research Interests
    My research involves the design, development, and evaluation of online and mobile learning environments, technology integration in K-12 preservice and inservice settings, and the innovative use of technology to support teaching and learning. Most recently, my projects have focused on online adventure learning, TPACK and geospatial learning, technology-enhanced environmental and sustainability education, online scaffolding, and online community-building. I also research cohort-specific technology integration within preservice teacher education programs.

    In addition, I oversee the certificate in online distance learning available within the Learning Technologies program area. This certificate focuses on how to effectively design, develop, deliver, facilitate and assess online learning. It consists of four courses that can be used toward a master’s degree or Ph.D. in Learning Technologies. Finally, I have a passion for teaching. I truly enjoy teaching how technology can be used to enhance learning and the important role it has within the classroom and workplace.

    Classes taught
    CI 5331 Foundations of Learning Technologies
    CI 5336 Planning for Multimedia Design and Development
    CI 5321 Foundations of Distance Education
    CI 5323 Online Learning Communities
    CI 5325 Designing and Developing Online Distance Learning
    CI 5327 Designing Online Adventure Learning
    EDHD 5007 Technology for Teaching and Learning

    • Such was my thought. There is no such thing as a climate change expert. Maybe some people might claim to study the subject, but manifestly no experts and probably never will be, unless one takes the view that climate change is merely weather.

    • The professor is a wannabe “climate expert” (which of course is a ridiculous summary by media and this original ‘post’ author Mr. Miller) who claims, on the University website, to bea “fellow for both the UMN Institute on the Environment and the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. University bio summary page:Quote ” Aaron is a pioneer in adventure learning, geospatial learning, and learner-driven technology integration strategies. He is recognized internationally as a Tech Awards laureate, which honors innovators who are applying technology to benefit humanity. Aaron also holds the UMN Bonnie Westby Huebner Endowed Chair in Education and Technology, and is a fellow for both the UMN Institute on the Environment and the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. He can often be found on the road collaborating with diverse cultures in remote regions of the globe, or traveling by pulk or dogsled through extreme Arctic wilderness” lol..a real Eco-Renaissance Man engaging with winter snow and geospatialities! He does not impress me with his extreme “man against nature” story or his once upon a time UMN Institute on the Environment “fellowship” but it might impress young students..I should not even go there about certain types of professors and their NON-academic interest in naive, impressionable young students..just saying I was young and in college once upon a time..professors can be quite too full of themselves around young students..nuff said.

    • I think it is good that he teaches from a distance. It’s better for everyone. And it would have saved him $40,000.

    • Too often a ‘climate change expert’ is one who assumes catastrophic, manmade climate change will happen, then predicts how it will affect things. That seems to me to also describe the bulk of climate change research.

      By that definition, perhaps I will become the world’s foremost unicorn expert.

      • It wouldn’t be hard to be a unicorn expert. I understand that position hasn’t been filled yet.

        But just think of all the other experts out there.
        Big Foot expert.
        UFO experts.
        Ghost experts.
        And a large coterie in the human futures industry. (fortune telling).
        And various mystics at large.

    • When I read a description of a discipline like this, first I try to translate it into pre postmodern actual work that he gets paid for (sometimes it isnt nuch that they really do). So he is a teachers training college instructor specializing in use of video lectures. His description with wifty poofty techie claptrap, is a pathetic attempt to avoid putting school teachers’ school teacher in there.

      “Climate Change Expert”? I thought the clime syndicate pooh poohed mere engineers, physicists, chemists … who criticise their arithmetic as not being climate scientists and here he is an ‘expert’.

      Although mentally screwed up guys who assault women violently with or without rape can be found in all walks of life, I and others have commented that there is an element of at least neurosis to be found in many supporters of big causes.

      A ‘tell’ is the anatomy of the set up. There is a scary proportion of unhappy, unfulfilled, dejected, depressed folk out there that get attracted (recruited) to causes with characteristics that give their lives meaning. A cause that feeds zealotry, misanthropy, vengefulness, feeling of control. A set up that fêtes them, mingles them with celebrities, rewards them… oh the founders are past masters at harnessing this stuff. Imagine such folk having their Kumbaya fall apart! The stress is already built up unmercifully for they see the end. It won’t be pretty.

  3. The mention of his having “…received millions of dollars in grants” clearly shows on what side of the issue he stands.

    Just imagine how many useful things could have been accomplished if you add up the sum total of grant money awarded over the decades to him and the legions of colleagues ravenously feasting at the IPCC led $$$ banquet.

  4. A well-known climate change expert

    In the Twin Cities, perhaps.
    Makes me wonder about the reputation of the University of Minnesota if its “climate” expert
    has never been previously identified outside of the building he teaches in.

  5. This appears to have absolutely nothing to do with climate change, and hence has no place on this site.

    The NY Post has simply put the words “climate change” in as click-bait.

    • Joshua Rhett Miller’s editor or Mr. Miller likely beefed up the story with the words “climate change” in the content and title to get it republished on other sites DANG!! I detest yellow journalism, I really do. Definition: yel·low jour·nal·ism noun; journalism that is based upon sensationalism and crude exaggeration. Mr.Miller should be disenfranchised from republication on this site, IMO.

  6. Among Doering’s publications is the forthcoming: “What Color Panties Are You Wearing? Conversations between 9th Grade Social Studies Students and a Female Pedagogical Agent”

    Somehow that doesn’t make me think of him as the globalist apologist for sustainability through international travel and conversations with inhabitants of extreme environments, related to earth’s changing climate that his various websites advertise him to be. Maybe he’s going a new direction from being an eco-change agent?

  7. A climate change expert nobody has heard about choke his fiancee.

    That must mean that climate science is fraud, or what?

    I don’t think this article should have been published.

    /Jan

    • Agreed. His expertise is clearly not climate. He’s a teacher at a university. That’s about the sum total.

    • Agreed. The guy needs help, not mockery. Some of the comments are beneath what this site stands for — integrity and thoughtfulness.

      • “Agreed. The guy needs help, not mockery. Some of the comments are beneath what this site stands for — integrity and thoughtfulness.”
        Totally agree. This is meant to be a science site. If he beats his wife he should be held accountable, but it has nothing to do with his views on climate change. Do we really want to descend into judging whether a persons views on CC are right or wrong because of how they conduct their private lives. There are people who make poor choices in their live on both sides of this argument, and it is just making everyone dirty listing them in some sort of “see your team are less moral than ours” game.

  8. Whatt’s this story doing here?
    He is a bad man. Hopefully he will go to jail.
    Hopefully she will not fall into the trap of other abused women, and find another like him.

    Normally we do not pillory wife abusers on this site.
    Was the fact that his job involves the climate at some level or another, and is in disagreement?
    Is this gratuitous gloating of a personal failure of an opponent of this site?

    This post, and others like it, that are personal attacks have no business on the site.

    Please stick to actual climate news, or change the name to
    “Watt’s Up With That, Wife Beater?”

    It’s posts like this that make “we deniers” look infantile.

    • I agree. This is barrel bottom scraping. It appeals to the low info skeptic which would be good to see less of here now. I hope WUWT doesn’t slide into the gutter too far. There is a lot of credibility at stake here to just lose it to please the trolling skeptics.

  9. The university has put him out there as someone who has experienced climate change and was promoting his online program as being directly tied to sustainable living with regard to human caused climate change.

    https://news.cehd.umn.edu/doering-interviewed-on-cnn-for-story-on-climate-change/

    A quick search will reveal many interviews related to his involvement with unapologetic reference to his supposed expertise. I would bet the farm that he has received grant money from entities wishing to promote AGW topics.

  10. Come on folks. Do a search. Dozens of interviews, major mainstream media exposure, his own university pages, likely AGW grants to produce AGW educational materials, the list goes on describing this man as an expert in AGW topics. However, like others we have read about here, their off-the-clock behavior is polar opposite to their daytime lipstick on a pig concern for Earth and its inhabitants.

    It is news worthy and speaks to the underbelly of this movement.

    • You seem to speak of a way of life that says none of us can view another with discernment, or measure levels of bad behavior on a scale, or to question that one’s behavior in one area of life has no bearing on another area of a person’s life.

    • If the accused were one of us, the alarmists and even the mainstream media would certainly make hay out of the story. So it’s sheer self-defense if we do it unto them.

      Besides, I’m surprised he hasn’t already said that climate change made him do it.

    • Rotten apples do indeed speak to the rest of an idea. No matter how good the idea is. The very idea of a person who publicly says one should walk carefully on the Earth yet behind closed doors would trample on another person he disagrees with should give you pause and at least leads you to grow a bit more cautious about the ideas this person has publicly pushed. It does not give you pause? If this does not, what in the hell would?

    • “It’s a desperate attempt to denigrate the AGW movement by digging up dirt on one of thousands of researches involved in studying it”
      Of course, it is absurd to say that misbehaviour by one researcher undermines AGW. But it is even more absurd when there is no evidence that he was one of the researchers studying it. His thing is adventure education.

      • Again with the no evidence! Granted, his approach to studying it is more like “looking”, but nonetheless he is a recipient of grants with an AGW focus and that likely stipulates that focus to get the grant.

        Just give it up. This guy makes a bad apple taste good! And has smeared the church of AGW. Covering for him doesn’t look good on you either.

        • “And has smeared the church of AGW.”
          Because he once got a NSF grant that mentioned climate? But in fact his job is as professor of education and technology. Education and technology should hang their heads in shame!

        • Maybe they should! As it relates to providing educational curriculum on climate change to K-12 maybe so. A collective condemnation from colleagues, if the alleged acts are true, would be appropriate and appreciated I imagine.

        • You will have to wait a while there Pamela. Last time I checked, we adhere to the principle that someone charged with a crime is innocent until proven guilty. Seems you’ve already convicted and sentenced this guy. I’d hold off on judgement until after the trial .

  11. Come on folks. Do a search. Dozens of interviews, major mainstream media exposure, his own university pages, likely AGW grants to produce AGW educational materials, the list goes on describing this man as an expert in AGW topics. However, like others we have read about here, their off-the-clock behavior is polar opposite to their daytime lipstick on a pig concern for Earth and its inhabitants.

    It is news worthy and speaks to the underbelly of this movement.

    • Pamela Gray
      “It is news worthy and speaks to the underbelly of this movement.”
      What complete nonsense. This is no more a story about climate science than one was about Cardinal Pell being a Paedophile. It is stooping to a level that no decent human being would go to. There are good and bad people on both sides, but let their talking about the science be judged, not what they do outside that.

      • Good grief! Who raised you? What you said is just about the worst thing that a person can say about how to live your life with integrity! If your parents were proud of you before today, I wonder what they think now. If they are ok with your philosophy, no wonder you would say such a horrible piece of advice. If they would question you, good for them!!!!

        • Pamela,
          “Good grief! Who raised you? What you said is just about the worst thing that a person can say about how to live your life with integrity! ”
          Really? I’m curious. Please explain to me why you think it is ok to deride an entire field of science because of the actions of one man in his private life. A man who has almost nothing to do with the science as he specialised in another area. Now I would say that is a “good grief.”

          • Then I guess I adhere to a different standard about my private life being a reflection of my professional life and visa versa. Was raised by such a standard and I expect the people I do business with or are instructing me to have it as well. Clearly this Aaron guy does not so I equally doubt his professional life. And that is real life. His University will likely feel the same. That anyone would give this a pass astounds me.

          • Pamela
            Im not saying he’s a good bloke, Im saying it’s ludicrous to say his violence towards his wife has anything to do with his views on climate. It’s also a very dishonest and low game to play to draw any conclusion about others who have the same views as him on climate. In fact it’s nothing more than a dirty distraction.

          • Tell me Pamela, would you vote for and/or support a man who committed adultery with a porn star shortly after his wife gave birth to their son? If we follow your reasoning, then the entire US Republican party should be held to account for the morally repugnant behaviors of it’s current leader. Nothing the current GOP does or stands for should be accepted because their leader can’t control his impulses.

          • First of all, evidence is strong here. I and you can see that. In Trump’s case there is no blue dress with a stain that has DNA still in it. May I assume you supported Bill?

            We can play this game till the cows come home but this is about a man who desires to teach teachers and students k-12. Don’t want that kind of man providing any such instruction on how to save the planet while he leaves bruises on someone’s neck. Your argument re: Trump, stinks of a decided bent towards deflection. Not to mention that leaving sperm behind with a willing partner (solid evidence for Bill, but he said-she said wayyyy after the alleged motel romp for Trump) bears no resemblance to the alleged beating this man rained down on this woman. That you must be informed of that difference ends this conversation.

          • Pamela, I have no argument with you regarding the particular man in question here. You cannot however say: ” and speaks to the underbelly of this movement.” It does not. You are in error here. I have provided analogous arguments to show you your error, but you refuse to acknowledge them and call it deflection. It is not.

            The movement and this individual are two distinct and separate things, and just because the individual is a member of the movement does not make him a representative of the typical member of said movement.
            ..
            Here is your logic (to show how faulty it is)…..
            ..
            This man is a murderer.
            The murderer is a bad person.
            The murderer is a human being.
            Therefore human beings are bad people.

            Please re-read Simon’s posts, you could learn from them.

  12. This guy is beginning to look more and more like an opportunist who has figured out a way to fund, via abundant climate change coin, a lavish adventure off-the-beaten-path lifestyle under the guise of educating the kiddies. It seems apparent that indeed the playing field has been leveled in order to continue the popularization of belief in AGW.

    Climate change coin is available. Get it while it lasts. All applicants from any background accepted. Become a climate expert and reap the benefits!

  13. .. yeah … three years ago we really should have overlooked Ragendra Pachauri’s sex scandal and just focused on all the ‘scientific’ work he did as chairman of the UN’s panel on climate change…

  14. In this day and age of lipstick on a pig media brushstrokes, discernment is of high value to the consuming public. If there is a probability of a person engaging in serious, harmful, inappropriate behavior in one area of life, I will view with proper caution all the other areas of that person’s life.

    On the other hand if someone has a dog in the fight and accuses another without physical evidence of wrong doing, it is the accuser I will view with caution.

    So I will continue to view this man and what he says about anything with due diligent caution. Which is what I have said all along about what he has said and done in his public life.

    Wisdom is a virtue apparently lost on some commentators. Maybe they ain’t old enough to have much of it. Or maybe they have rose colored glasses on. Or maybe they think a little evil or a lot of evil is good as long as they believe overall that good is being done. And maybe they need to go back in time and learn what malevolent benevolence is. Appearing to do good but with alterier motives. People, and movements, and leaders who live one way in public but another way in private should be viewed with such caution lest you be caught unaware.

    • Pamela, you can pontificate all you want, you were still wrong to say: ” and speaks to the underbelly of this movement.”

      • Unfortunately, I will likely be proven right. Maybe not in my lifetime, but eventually. The light won’t go on for quite some time. And that is the unfortunate part. We will have to suffer many more “bright stars” feeding at the trough of climate alarm money, and be willing to accept a little or a lot of evil because we are convinced that good is being done. And it appears this guy gorged at the trough unworried about his private life because he was engaged in a greater good. That is the underbelly.

          • Lordy. Even Nick found “one”. There are tons of coinage available to study the supposed effects of AGW. His bigger one was a multi-year bunch of money that had him jetting all over the place to “observe, study, and document climate change” under the guise of creating distance learning for kiddies.

            Hell, even I could get one.

          • Two from national science foundation. Both focused on climate change as a consequence of human activity. Multi year and expensive!

          • Then why does he bill himself as a Climate Scientist? Or maybe I should ask, who billed him as a Climate Scientist? Pamela Gray found the university that employs him does indeed present him as a Climate Scientist. So for Nick Stokes and the rest of you, that’s the “WUWT” of all of this, why is this guy headlined as a Climate Scientist, and was doing interviews as a Climate Scientist, but now that he has been charged with a domestic violence crime you so hastily declare, he ain’t no Climate Scientist? Pamela Gray is right, this does indeed expose (once again) a disturbing trend, a distinct lack of moral fiber, of all the “Climate Science” industry. This isn’t the first time Gang Green has gone gung-ho for a carnival barker as long as he sings the correct tune but then attempted to throw him under the bus once they can no longer cover his warts with concealer.

Comments are closed.