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Danish Professor Sacked For Highlighting Dangers Of Wind Turbine Noise

August 6, 2014

By Paul Homewood

  

h/t AC Osborn

 

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http://jyllands-posten.dk/opinion/leder/ECE6767863/mystisk-fyring/

 

News is just emerging from Denmark that another academic was sacked in March, because he refused to follow the party line.

Professor Henrik Moller is one of the world’s leading authorities on infra-sound, and can boast of 38 years of service at Aalborg University. He has also been a regular thorn in the side of the wind power industry, as he has repeatedly pointed out the dangers of low frequency noise from turbines

 

The Google Translation from the above JP article reads:

 

Mysterious Firing

 

On 26 and 27 March was settled Danish Wind Industry Annual Event 2014 organized by the trade association Danish Wind Industry Association, in Herning.
Nearly 400 participants from home and abroad participated in the session, highlighting many aspects of wind energy and wind turbines, including noise, but quite remarkable was one of the leading noise researchers, Professor Henrik Moller from Aalborg University, not to be found among the many speakers.

 
It was, however, his superiors Eskild Holm Nielsen, dean of Aalborg University’s Faculty of Engineering and Science, who "spoke for closer cooperation between industry and research institutions. He pointed out that it was important that the industry demonstrated a greater willingness to open up and share technology issues in the research world, "one can read in the wind industry record.
The message is sobering, as even the same Eskild Holm Nielsen previous day had sacked the country’s leading noise researcher, Professor Henrik Moller, who has repeatedly challenged and criticized both the EPA as the wind industry to misinform the public about the low frequency noise, which is particularly large turbines emit and by long-term exposure is suspected to be both allowing deteriorating quality of life,  and directly harmful.
It belongs to the absolute rarities at home that a recognized professors fired. In Henrik Møller cases the rationale failing economy, but what the real reason might be, outsiders because of lack of access to documents in the Tribunal not to know.

 
The wind turbine industry has a very close collaboration with the Institute for Wind Energy Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and DTU provided also a solid part of the speakers and panelists at the Danish Wind Industry Annual Event 2014.
DTU’s Department of Wind Energy stands for construction and operation of the National Testing Centre For Wind Turbines at Østerild and we reveal hardly any national secret by thinking aloud, Professor Henrik Møller’s research opinions about low-frequency noise from large wind turbines may have been on a collision course with his academic competitors at the Technical University.
Now is the academic tradition to argue and go because of the DTU’s deep interest in mingling with the wind industry has been life-giving with an alternative voice – as especially for all those people who feel seriously annoyed by noise from wind turbines and feel that they are due the political consensus about the unbridled expansion of wind power in Denmark is not taken seriously.

   
With Professor Henrik Moller rid of it, it is now DTU’s own researchers, there has to assess any low frequency noise from the giant turbines in the National Test Center that same DTU is responsible.
We have no evidence to suggest that the DTU does not deliver a valuable research, but given the vast billions that taxpayers directly and indirectly forced to pay for wind energy in a broad sense, it is crucial to critical researchers like Professor Henrik Miller assumes the role of devil’s advocate.
The volume medical university in Aalborg must therefore accept that members of the public will find the sacking of Professor Henrik Moller with the economy as a justification of a character who at least shows that Franz Kafka has not lived in vain.

 

 

And the Danish journal, Information, ran with this article on 10th June, (again Google translation):

 

A remarkable firing took place at Aalborg University. Because of the university’s financial problems, acclaimed researcher in the low-frequency noise Professor Henrik Moller lost his position with the official reason that he had the slightest ‘lucrative performance’ among his colleagues.
The dismissal marks the latest value exceeded at Danish universities, where the political and managerial pressure to participate in business cooperation and attract external funding now truly be said to threaten the freedom of research.

 
In itself, one can question management’s motives for firing a professor who has frequently been critical to the noise calculations to make the windmills when Aalborg University at the same time trying hard to expand cooperation with wind turbine industry.
But even if you take management’s combustion criteria at face value that the professor was simply the ‘best could be spared’, there is reason to firmly reject the economic edge, his research will be measured by. Good research is not necessarily equal to what corporations and foundations are currently interested in and can set aside money for.

 
The University’s official purpose is to teach, conduct research and communicate, not to commit gainful employment. From this definition we must urge the professor’s union, the Society of Engineers, to raise the issue in principle, to determine whether the university’s firing criteria are valid.
So far as is known professor sacking so far the only one of its kind that so much emphasis on the economy, but the secondary normative effect on other researchers’ work is far greater.
Right now it requires a certain courage for the individual to research what is academically most relevant and not only that, most likely leading to the next invoice.

http://www.information.dk/500256

 

 Meanwhile, the Professor apparently makes a nonsense of the argument about “saving money”, revealing that the university had recently hired two new people in the same department.

It seems pretty obvious that a combination of pressure from the wind industry and the greed of Aalborg University for more funding from them have led to this disgraceful situation.

It follows on, of course, from the peremptory sacking, last year, of Professor Murry Salby from Macquarie University, for not toeing the party line on global warming.

What price academic honesty, integrity, and, most of all, freedom?

8 Comments
  1. A C Osborn permalink
    August 6, 2014 11:10 am

    We need Chris Booker or Jame Dellingpole to get this in to the press, the last one caused quite a storm.

  2. Herve D permalink
    August 6, 2014 11:45 am

    Green Inquisition is everywhere. Soon, we would need go to North Korea to have some freedom.

  3. cornwallwindwatch permalink
    August 6, 2014 1:51 pm

    Reblogged this on Cornwall Wind Watch and commented:
    they can’t suppress this forever the dam will burst eventually.

  4. August 7, 2014 10:54 am

    Deniers or pseudo deniers of the green ponzies / status quo have got the message loud an clear…it’s not like they weren’t warned with Salby & Bengtsson…or the Andrew Gillingham precedent.

    And to think some of the useful green idiots march against fascism. Then again Hitler was an environmentalist and one must always support the cause regardless.

  5. August 7, 2014 10:57 am

    *Gilligan (sexed up dossier) – my new android device has a bizarre lexicon. It hates the IPCC ‘SPM’ and changed that to IPCC ‘SPA’ – quite appropriate when you think about it.

  6. August 9, 2014 7:00 pm

    Reblogged this on Bobertelliott's Blog.

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