Denying any responsibility for this is: aliyaist
The author writes:
That little dial in the lower right is the meter for the oxygen pump, showing that the government is drastically cutting atmospheric oxygen levels due to cutbacks.
I just couldn't be bothered to find a way to explain that organically in the strip, so here you get it in the annotation.
Any rumors to the effect that the reason I couldn't be bothered was because I had an asthma attack are simply false.