A selection of silver refrigerators on display at an appliance store.

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Despite his efforts to buy a climate-friendly refrigerator, climate reporter Phil McKenna ended up buying a "carbon bomb" containing a greenhouse gas thousands of times more potent than CO2.

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In this April 11, 2018, photo, a selection of refrigerators are available for sale at a big box store in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania. 

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