A Danish university has fired one of its professors who was critical of wind farms. Acoustics expert Henrik Møller, who is internationally recognised in his field, was ostensibly sacked because he did not generate enough revenue for the university, although some are questioning this explanation.
Igrid Stage, vice president of the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations, told the newspaper Information: “It looks quite peculiar. One can easily get the idea that the lack of resources is a convenient justification.”
Tone F. Brix Hansen, chair of the National Association Neighbours of Giant Wind Turbines (NANGWT), agrees. “The entire dismissal looks very mysterious.”
Dr Møller’s work on infrasound, the low frequency sounds emitted by wind turbines, has frequently brought him into conflict with Denmark’s wind industry, with representatives accusing him of misleading the public.
NANGWT fears this could be the real reason for his sacking.
Despite the university claiming that it was trying to cut costs, Møller is the only one of about 200 researchers to have been fired by the university. Last year, it even took on two new researchers in his department, while Dr Møller said he had heard nothing of the sacking before it happened, and was not warned that he could be fired for not producing enough money.
Until his sacking, Møller had 38 years of distinguished service at the university. Although he admits that over the past year his work may not have produced much income for the university, he has in previous years brought in substantial profits.
In June, Breitbart London reported that the infrasound from a wind turbine in Denmark was causing mink on a nearby fur farm to kill their young and attack one another, causing millions of Danish kroner worth of damage. The turbine was also linked to 1,600 miscarriages on the farm, with many mink born with serious deformities.
Ireland’s deputy chief medical officer warned in March that people who live near wind turbines risk having their health and psychological well-being compromise by the infrasound emissions, in a condition she called ‘wind turbine syndrome’.
She said: “There is a consistent cluster of symptoms related to wind turbine syndrome which occurs in a number of people in the vicinity of industrial wind turbines.”
Symptoms can include dizziness, headache, difficulty concentrating and insomnia.
“There are specific risk factors for this syndrome and people with these risk factors experience symptoms. These people must be treated appropriately and sensitively as these symptoms can be very debilitating,” she added.