Following on Jim Graber's answer to: Can the Big Rip really rip apart an atomic nucleus?
If the cosmological constant is large enough, even the ground state of a hydrogen atom can be affected. So why is the energy scale for quantum gravity set by the planck mass and not by the cosmological constant? Is it because the cosmological constant can be associated with other theories (inflatons, or vacuum energies of the matter fields, etc.) and thus is just considered an ingredient and not gravity itself? If this does come down to a semantics issue, I'd still be interested to hear if the scale set by the cosmological constant suggests we may be able to see interesting quantum effects at that scale depending on what the cosmological constant 'is'.