Re: It's the beginning of the next Maunder Minimum.
"Just because the sun temporarily reduces it's output does not mean that man-made global warming doesn't exist."
Depends. If the man-made global warming was swamped out and the Earth actually cooled because of the Sun, then it ain't 'warming'. You'd have to call it "man-made global less-cooling-than-expected'; but it wouldn't be "...warming" as such. Semantics. :-)
Jake's point *is* valid. If the Sun is settling down then it *will* impact climate. Probably more than man. This might be perfect timing. Maybe we would have time to build windmills and solar panels in a way that doesn't involved burning lots of Mongolian dirty brown coal.