See my profile, point #4, for clarification.
HUH? I never said it's been cooling since 1998
What I said was
1998 was the hottest year on record - It was
since then the temps have been slightly lower -They have been
and relatively stable. - They also have been, which even if we dismiss 1998 as an outlier, the stability of the 21st century so far shows the planet has stopped it's warming trend.
This fits with the solar hypothesis more than the AGW, the sun after it reached it's maximum activity in 1000 years in 1998 has stabilized just like the temps here on earth, meanwhile while even though we have continued to pump out CO2 in that time the temperature hasn't continued to increase.